National Childcare Scheme

It has been confirmed that the new National Childcare Scheme will be open for online applications from November 20th 2019. Originally announced as part of Budget 2017 – a new “Affordable Childcare Scheme” was proposed to help families with payments for creche and nursery fees and other types of childcare such as after school care. […]
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Help to Buy Scheme for First Time Buyers

Help to Buy Scheme for First Time Buyers Since January 2017  –first-time buyers in Ireland have been able to claim a tax rebate equal to 5% of the value of the new home they are buying.  The Help to Buy Scheme or “HTB” Scheme is also being called the “First Time Buyers Grant”. It is […]
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DIRT decrease to 35% From January 1st 2019

The government charge a tax on the interest you receive on savings. This tax is known as  Deposit Interest Retention Tax or DIRT for short. Back in 2002 the rate of DIRT was 20%. It was then increased over the following years up to 41% in Jan 2014 in an attempt to try and encourage […]
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Childcare Subsidies From September 2017

The planned roll out of a new “Single Affordable Childcare Scheme” has been delayed while a new computer system and website is put in place. As an interim measure the government made changes to the existing childcare subsidies from September 2017.  These changes should mean increases for most families. The existing childcare supports are provided […]
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Christmas Bonus 2017 – Welfare and Pensions

This page was written about Christmas 2017.  You can find details of the Christmas Bonus in 2018 here. As announced in Budget 2018 – A 2017 Christmas Bonus will be paid out again this year to eligible welfare and state pension recipients . The 2017 bonus of 85% will be paid to the majority of […]
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