The Department of Finance has released its calculations on how different sample individuals will be affected by today's Budget.
The budget included a cut in the top rate of income tax from 41% to 40%, and increase in the standard rate band of €1,000, and a change in USC bands and rates.
According to the Department, Budget 2015 will affect the following groups as follows:
• A married couple with four children and one income from the private sector of €70,000 will be better off by €896 (€17.23 / week).
• A married couple with two children, with one income in the public sector of €59,300 will see an annual increase of €598 (€11.50 / week)
• A married couple with three children, with a combined income from the public sector of €105,000 (€55,000 + €50,000) will see an annual income increase of €1,204 (€23.15 / week).
• A single person working in the hospitality sector on minimum wage (€17,542) will see an increase of €173 per year in income (€3.33 / week)
• A single parent with an income of €40,000 will receive an extra €466 annually (€8.96 / week)
• A retired couple on a contributory state pension of €22,703 PLUS their own pension from employment of €50,000 per year will see €798 more per year (€15.35 / week).
These figures, it should be noted, do not take into account charges levied outside of the taxation system, including water charges.
A complete Budget calculator will be available on-site this evening.
— Dave Molloy