In-Work Benefit

Overview

 

This benefit is awarded to individuals who are in employment and have children living within their household that are under 23 years of age.
 
 

Eligibility

 
In order to be eligible for the In-Work Benefit, applicants must have children under 23 years of age living within their household and had an income during 2016 that falls between the following brackets:
  • Single parents in employment who earn more than €6,600 and less than €16,500 are eligible for a maximum payable rate of up to €1,250 yearly per child with an additional €80 paid to the first eligible child if income falls between €8,200 and €9,099.
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  • Married couples with both parents in employment whose collective income is greater than €10,000 and is less than €24,000 (the income of one of the spouses must be over €3,000) are eligible for a maximum payable rate of up to €1,200 yearly per child.
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  • Married couples of whom only one is in gainful employment and whose income is greater than €6,600 and less than €16,500 are eligible for a maximum payable rate of up to €350 yearly per child.
 
 

Documents Required

 
Applicants wishing to apply for this benefit are required to fill in an application form catering for the current year (2017) and must also provide an FS3 or profit and loss statement covering the income earned during the previous year (2016). Corresponding FS3s or profit and loss accounts are to be forwarded for every period of employment performed.
 
 

Payments

 
Payments for this benefit are issued, backdated, quarterly in April, July, October and January covering the previous 3 months in each payment issued. Should you wish to know the precise day the payment will be issued, please refer to our Payment Dates section by clicking here. Those wishing to calculate their potential benefit rate may make use of the online calculator by  clicking here. Alternatively, the benefit rates payable can be viewed by clicking here.
 
 

How to Apply?​

 
You can also call at any Social Security Office (view list here) and apply there.
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Alternatively, you can download a copy of the form by visiting our  Application Form page.  ​

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