Information Circular No 28/2020: Budget 2021

By Industrial Relations Officer

Information Circular No 28/2020

Budget 2021

Following Budget 2021, PDFORRA wishes to draw our member’s attention to the limited number of amendments that will impact on conditions of service. The principal amendment pertaining to members of the Naval Service was the retention, and increase, in value of the Naval Service Tax Credit.

The amendment of the tax credit provides for an increase from €1270 to €1500, where the qualifying criteria is met. The qualifying criteria is set out in PDFORRA’s previous Information Circular 36/2019 and 06/2020

Universal Social Charge (USC)

The ceiling of the 2% band will increase from €20,484 to €20,687, so that the salary of a full-time worker on the minimum wage will remain outside the higher rates of USC.

Working Family Payment income thresholds will increase by €10 per week for families with up to 3 children.

Medical card holders will continue to pay a reduced rate of USC until the end of December 2021.

Parents leave and Parents’ Benefit will be extended by 3 weeks from April 2021 to allow parents to spend more time with their baby. It will apply for all children born or adopted since November 2019. It is available to both parents. (For additional information see Circular 27/2020)

€131 Million has also been assigned for a range of infrastructural projects across Defence Forces installations, including new and refurbished accommodation blocks in Haulbowline, Renmore and at the Curragh, a new medical facility which will enable the move out of St Bricin’s site which in turn will allow the Land Development Agency to provide social and affordable housing in this area. In addition, there is funding for new gyms in Kilkenny and Limerick. PDFORRA is aware that many of the foregoing projects have previously been announced.

For information on Tax Credits, Tax allowances and reliefs visit: Citizens Information> Search “Tax Credits”

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