Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Social Protection

Social Insurance Payments

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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To ask the Minister for Social Protection the estimated number of workers here who will be affected in 2013 by the removal of the weekly PRSI allowance from full rate and modified rate PRSI contributions. [57620/12]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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Where an employee’s weekly earnings exceed €352 per week, he or she is liable to pay PRSI at 4% on all income over the weekly PRSI Free Allowance of €127. For civil and public sector employees paying modified rate contributions (Classes B, C and D), and who pay PRSI at 0.9%, the weekly PRSI-free allowance is €26. With effect from 1 January 2013, these weekly PRSI free Allowances are being abolished.

This estimated number of workers affected by this measure is as follows:

-1,247,560 private sector employments, and

-73,835 civil and public sector employments.

This measure will have no impact on an estimated 574,830 employments with weekly earnings not exceeding €352 as no PRSI is payable.


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