Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 9 - Revenue Commissioners
Chapter 12 - Controls over the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme
Chapter 13 - Revenue's Management of Suspicious Transactions Reports

9:30 am

Mr. Niall Cody:

A self-employed person on €35,000 in 2021 would have a total deduction of €5,978 between PAYE, USC and personal PRSI liability. An employee on this amount would have a net income of €29,022. They would have the same net income and the same contribution, of €5,978, and an employer PRSI contribution, which is what the Chairman was talking to me about. The differential is the employer's PRSI contribution, which is €3,867. That would be the liability difference between being self-employed on €35,000 and being an employee on €35,000. That is taking it that there are no expenses claims or anything like that. The calculation is based on basic gross income.