Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

12:00 pm

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Labour)
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Question 127: To ask the Minister for Finance, further to Parliamentary Question No. 354 of 3 November 2009, the median and mean incomes and the income at each quartile in the bracket over €100,000 for each of the sector categories. [44442/09]

Photo of Brian Lenihan JnrBrian Lenihan Jnr (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the most recently completed historical data available on incomes is in respect of the income tax year 2007. On this basis the information requested in relation to income earners earning over €100,000 by reference to income quartiles is set out in the tables below. To assemble the figures by income quartile, the total number of income earners with earnings over €100,000 on the income tax record for 2007 was broken down into 4 equal groups in each sector and distributed over 4 income ranges in ascending order of income. The figures for gross income and the mean and median incomes were then established for each quartile group as appropriate. Income Tax Distribution by Quartile for Income Earners earning over €100,000

Private Sector Employees
NumbersGross IncomeMeanMedian
Quartile 17,879€821,860,258€104,310€104,190
Quartile 27,878€908,567,350€115,330€115,032
Quartile 37,880€1,060,928,927€134,636€133,684
Quartile 47,879€1,747,680,210€221,815€183,218
Public Sector Employees
NumbersGross IncomeMeanMedian
Quartile 13,819€396,277,508€103,765€103,691
Quartile 23,820€430,695,888€112,748€112,504
Quartile 33,820€482,481,473€126,304€126,134
Quartile 43,819€623,721,496€163,321€151,826
NumbersGross IncomeMeanMedian
Quartile 117,700€1,914,428,519€108,160€107,864
Quartile 217,700€2,322,209,246€131,198€130,430
Quartile 317,701€3,166,440,671€178,885€175,355
Quartile 417,699€8,901,068,609€502,914€334,072

It should be noted that the figures for income shown in the table relate to gross income as defined in the Revenue Statistical Report, 2008. They do not include incomes such as income from patent royalties, profits from commercial forestry, income before pension contributions and income from earnings of writers, composers and artists. It should also be noted that gross income is different to taxable income, also defined in the Revenue Statistical Report 2008, which relates to income after personal reliefs and deductions (including deductions for capital allowances) but prior to the application of tax credits and reliefs at the standard rate.

A married couple that has elected or has been deemed to have elected for joint assessment is counted as one tax unit.


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