Irish social welfare payments
Jobseeker’s Benefit is generally taxable, but the first €13 each week is exempt from tax. Jobseeker’s Benefit payable to short-time workers is not taxable. The Child Dependant Increase payable with Jobseeker’s Benefit is also not taxable.
Illness Benefit is not taxable for the first 6 weeks and the Child Dependant Increase is not taxable.
Other than the cases above, if your social welfare payment is taxable, any increase in your payment for your adult dependant and child dependants is also taxable.
Social assistance payments
|Jobseeker’s Assistance||Not taxable|
|Pre-Retirement Allowance||Not taxable|
|Farm Assist||Not taxable|
|Widow’s/Widower’s Non Contributory Pension||Taxable|
|Guardian’s Payment Non Contributory||Taxable|
|Supplementary Welfare Allowance||Not taxable|
|State Pension (Non-Contributory)||Taxable|
|Disability Allowance||Not taxable|
|Deserted Wife’s Allowance||Taxable|
|One-Parent Family Payment||Taxable|
Social insurance payments
|Illness Benefit||Taxable (first six weeks excluded)|
|Maternity Benefit||Not taxable|
|Adoptive Benefit||Not taxable|
|Health and Safety Benefit||Not taxable|
|State Pension (Transition)||Taxable|
|Jobseeker’s Benefit||Taxable (first €13 per week excluded)|
|Jobseeker’s Benefit (paid to systematic short-term workers)||Not taxable|
|Widow’s/Widower’s Contributory Pension||Taxable|
|Guardian’s Payment Contributory||Taxable|
|Deserted Wife’s Benefit||Taxable|
|State Pension (Contributory)||Taxable|
|Constant Attendance Allowance (payable with Disablement Pension)||Taxable|
|Death Benefit Pension||Taxable|
You may get an increase in your social welfare payment, if you are living alone. If your social welfare payment is taxable, then the Living Alone Increase is taxable. If your social welfare payment is not taxable, then your Living Alone Increase is not taxable.