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In-Work Benefit

Overview

The In-Work Benefit is aimed to assist couples and single parents who are in a gainful occupation and have children under the age of 23 years, who are still dependent and living with them.  This is not applicable to those who are presently in receipt of Tapering of Benefits.

For information regarding cross-border situations please click here.

What you’ll get

The In-Work Benefit is paid quarterly in January, April, July and October and is payable for the previous quarter.

Please click here for a Schedule of Benefits Rates.

You may make use of an online Calculator to calculate your potential In-Work Benefit entitlement.

Eligibility

General eligibility criteria as from 1st January 2022 till 31st December 2022:

  • An applicant must have children under 23 years of age, living within the household.
  • Declared income is calculated on Basic Year 2021.
  • A Single parent in gainful employment that earns more than €6,600 and less than €35,000 can be eligible for a maximum payable rate of up to €1,500 yearly per child. Those earning between €23,000 and €35,000 will be eligible for the rate of €200 yearly per child. There is no need to apply for the benefit if declared income is between €23,000 and €35,000 as this will be done through an automatic process.
  • A couple in gainful employment whose collective net income from employment is greater than €10,000 and is less than €50,000 and where the net income of one of the parents does not fall below €3,000, can be eligible for a maximum payable rate of up to €1,500 yearly per child. Those earning between €35,000 and €50,000 will be eligible for the rate of €200 yearly per child. There is no need to apply for the benefit if declared income is between €35,000 and €50,000 as this will be done through an automatic process.
  • A couple of whom only one is in gainful employment and whose net income from employment is greater than €6,600 and less than €35,000 can be eligible for a maximum payable rate of up to €730 yearly per child. Those earning between €26,000 and €35,000 will be eligible for the rate of €200 yearly per child. There is no need to apply for the benefit if declared income is between €23,000 and €35,000 as this will be done through an automatic process.

Note: Net income from employment means all income derived from gainful occupation (such as salary, overtime, commission, fringe benefits, etc) and deducting the amount paid as social security contributions.

Documentation required

General documentation:

  • Income of applicants of relevant year (that is the year prior to current year). Income from full-time or part-time employment.
  • FS3s in the case of employed persons and a Profit and Loss Accounts in the case of self-occupied persons.

How to apply

Fill in and submit the application online.