Exemption limits

An individual aged 65 or over with total income below €18,000 is exempt. In the case of a married couple, one of whom is aged 65 or over, the threshold is €36,000.

If the claimant has dependent children, the exemption limit is increased by €575 for each of the first and second child, and €830 for the third child and each subsequent child.

Other exemptions

The other main exemptions from income tax are:

(a) Personal injury settlements (s 189), payments from the Haemophilia HIV Trust (s 190), Hepatitis C compensation (s 191), and payments in respect of thalidomide victims (s 192).

(b) Income of artists, writers and composers, subject to an overall annual limit of €50,000 (s 195).

(c) Interest on savings certificates (s 42) and instalment savings schemes (s 197).

(d) Income of recognised charities (s 207, 208).

(e) Income of amateur sports bodies (s 235).

(f) Rent from let farm land (s 664). A claimant must be aged 55 or over, or unable through physical or mental incapacity to carry on farming. Exemption is given for the lower of:

(i) the farm rental income surplus, or

(ii) €40,000 where the lease is for more than 14 years, €30,000 where the lease is for 10 to 14 years, €22,500 where the lease is for seven to 10 years, or €18,000 in any other case.

(g) Rent-a-room relief (s 216A). Income from lodgers is exempt provided your gross income from such letting does not exceed €14,000 in the tax year.

(h) Home childcare earnings of up to €15,000 in the tax year (s 216C).

(i) Earnings of special assignees (s 825C). 30% of income above €75,000 in the case of employees assigned from a tax treaty country to work in their employer’s Irish operation.

(j) Start Your Own Business relief (s 472AA). Where a person previously long-term unemployed sets up a business, the first €40,000 of profits in a tax year are exempt. Expires 31.12.2018.

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