Easier to take a career break without losing your State pension

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has reformed the PRSI system to make it easier to take a career break without losing your State pension entitlements. The reforms also benefit self-employed people, those who move abroad temporarily, and people who take early retirement. The reforms make it easier for people to make voluntary contributions under […]

Trustee training requirements

The attached Pensions Authority document is useful in summarising the regulatory requirements: http://www.pensionsauthority.ie/en/Trustees_Registered_Administrators/FAQs/Trustee_Training_Requirements.pdf. For those who require training, the Pensions Authority has an e-learning system (http://trusteetraining.pensionsauthority.ie/) while many organisations including Trident Consulting provide training to individuals or groups.

2017 rates of USC

€12,012 @ 0.5%; next €6,760 @ 2.5%; next €51,572 @ 5%; balance @8% However, these standard rates are modified in certain circumstances. In the case of an individual whose total income in the year does not exceed €60,000 and is either (i) aged 70 or over, or (ii) holds a full medical card, the 2.5% […]

State Pension (Contributory) Rates for 2017

Budget 2017 was announced on 11 October 2016. A €5 per week increase in the State Contributory Pension was announced. The rates are per the table below. Further information on budget 2017 is available from http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/money_and_tax/budget_2017.html and further information on social welfare rates generally is available from http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/a-retired-or-an-older-person.aspx. Maximum Weekly Rates 2017 Personal rate Increase for a qualified […]

Finance Bill 2016 (subject to change prior to enactment)

Section 13 of the Finance Bill 2016 makes a number of amendments to Part 30 of, and Schedule 23B to, the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 for the purposes of preventing certain tax avoidance opportunities in relation to Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs). The amendments ensure that, where benefits are not taken by the PRSA owner on or […]

What does a change in US policy mean for investors

As always, the future direction of investment markets cannot be known. However, bond markets have had a very long period of growth boosted by declining yields (which increase capital values). The opposite – capital losses – would happen if bond yields increase. The US has seen an increase in bond yields since the US election. […]

The day inflation began?

$1 trillion on infrastructure? Barriers to trade? Two and a half days after Trump wins the US Presidency, bond yields are up and we may have seen the event that sparks a bout of inflation.

A brief summary of what happens to an ARF fund on death

With an Approved Retirement Fund (ARF), when you die you can leave any remaining funds to your spouse/civil partner or other beneficiaries. If you leave the funds to your spouse or civil partner, the funds can be transferred to an Approved Retirement Fund in their name. In all other cases, the funds are wound up […]