Budget 2020 in Ireland

This article is about the Budget that took place in 2019.(Budget 2020).
If you are looking for details of the latest Budget in Ireland you can find it here Budget 2021

Budget 2020 October 8th 2019.

This is what was announced in Budget 2020

Social Welfare and Pensions :

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance for people aged 25 will increase by €45.20 a week from €157.80 to €203 (from January 2020).
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance for people aged under 25 will increase by €90.30 from €112.70 to €203, if they are living independently and getting a state housing support such as Rent Supplement, RAS or HAP (from January 2020).
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance for people aged 25 will increase by €45.20 a week from €157.80 to €203 (from January 2020).
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance for people aged under 25 will increase by €90.30 a week from €112.70 to €203, if living independently and getting a state housing support such as Rent Supplement, RAS or HAP (from January 2020).
  • The income disregard for the One-Parent Family Payment and Jobseeker Transition will increase by €15 (confirmed)
  • Income thresholds for the Working Family Payment will rise by €10 for families of up to three children. (confirmed) .
  • A €2 a week rise in theQualified Child Increase” for under 12s and a €3 increase for children over 12. (confirmed from 6th January 2020).
  • There will also be a €5 increase in the living alone allowance from January 2020 (confirmed)
  • The Fuel Allowance is increasing by €2 a week to €24.50 a week. (from January 2020)
  • The Christmas Bonus – will be paid out again at 100% in 2019 – the same as last year. (confirmed) More details of the Bonus Here

Carers :- The number of hours that a carer can work or study every week outside the home and still get Carer’s Benefit or Carer’s Allowance will increase from 15 hours to 18.5 hours. (No date given yet)

Budget 2020 also announced the extension of free GP care to under-eights and free dental care for under-sixes. (From Sept 2020)

Prescription charges will be reduced by 50c per item . (July 1st 2020) This will mean that it will be €1.50 per item . For people aged over 70, the prescription charge will be €1 per item

The monthly threshold for the Drug Payment Scheme is being reduced by €10 per month .(In Sept 2020)

The threshold for medical cards for the over-70s will increase by €50 for a single person and €150 for a couple. (In Sept 2020)

Household Benefits Package

Qualifying criteria for the Household Benefits Package will be broadened for people aged under 70 to allow another adult to live in the home.

There were no other increases to the weekly amounts of state pensions or welfare benefits – except for those listed above.


No USC changes , but the reduced rate for medical card holders extended for another year.

No changes to the main Income tax thresholds or rates .

An increase to the Earned Income Credit for self-employed workers to €1500 as it moves towards €1650 to match the PAYE credit. (Jan 2020)

Home carer tax credit is to increase by €100 to €1600 from Jan 1st 2020

Inheritance Tax (capital acquisitions tax) : Category A threshold rising by €1500 from €320k to €335k.on gifts or inheritances received on or after 9th October 2019)

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The current rate of carbon tax will increase from €20 a ton to €26 a tonne . This will take place at midnight 8th October on petrol and diesel. It will apply from March 2020 on heating fuels. More on the Carbon Tax here

DIRT – the tax on savings interest will be cut by another 2% this year as promised. This will bring DIRT down to 33% – the level it was at in 2013.
In 2018, the rate was 37% and in 2017, the rate was 39%. From 2014 to 2016, the DIRT rate was 41% .

Corporation tax unchanged .

A new nitrogen oxide charge (NOx) on new and imported petrol and diesel cars is to be introduced. This will replace the 1% cent diesel surcharge introduced last year. The new NOx surcharge will apply to all passenger cars registering for the first time in the State from January 1st, 2020. The rate is yet to be confirmed – but we have seen that a figure of €5 per mg/km NOx might apply.
On that basis the driver of an average new diesel car with a NOx level of 43 mg/km would pay €215 . The driver of the average new petrol car with a NOx level of 23 mg/km would pay €115.

Stamp Duty : Commercial Stamp Duty is to be increased from 6% to 7.5% at midnight 8th Oct. (Confirmed )

The Help to Buy Initiative was due to end in December 2019 – but will now be be extended to 2021.

Tobacco – an increase of 50c on 20 cigarettes is confirmed from midnight 8th Oct.

Alcohol – no change (confirmed)

The Benefit In Kind zero rate on electric vehicles is extended to 2022.
also the VRT reliefs for conventional and plug in hybrids is extended to 2020, subject to CO2 thresholds;

The Minimum Wage increase in 2020 was not mentioned – but we expect it to be increased in January 2020