Working Family Payment (WFP) - SW 22


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The main items counted as income are:
  • your average assessable earnings (see section 6),
  • your spouse’s, civil partner's or cohabitant’s average assessable earnings (see section 6),
  • any extra income you or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant have from employment (such as, pay for overtime, bonuses, allowances or commission),
  • any income you or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant may have from self-employment,
  • income from occupational pensions,
  • income from land or rental income from property,
  • any income a former spouse, civil partner or cohabitant contributes to the household, for example maintenance, mortgage/rent payment, school fees etc.If you are getting maintenance, a maintenance disregard of €95.23 per week for housing costs, with the remainder assessed at 50% was introduced in March 2019 to bring it in line with other social assistance schemes. You can only avail of the maintenance disregard on one scheme.
  • any other income you or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant may have from maintenance and payments from this department or from the HSE other than the following:
    • Back to Work Family Dividend (introduced in 2015 budget),
    • Child Benefit,
    • Guardian’s Payment,
    • Supplementary Welfare Allowance,
    • Rent Allowance for tenants affected by the de-control of rents,
    • Domiciliary Care Allowance and
    • Foster Child Allowance.
Please note

If in doubt all income should be disclosed and at the decision stage it will be determined if it is assessable for income.

Assessable earnings refer to net income, meaning after income tax, Universal Social Charge, employee PRSI, and pension contributions have been deducted. See section 5 and section 6 for more information.

Last modified:07/06/2019
 

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