Parent's Benefit


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What is Parent’s Benefit?
 

Parent’s Benefit is a new scheme payable to parents who take parent’s leave from their work within their child’s first year. The payment is €245 a week, for two weeks. This is in addition to existing Maternity Benefit and Paternity Benefit.
 
Parent’s Benefit is a payment for employed and self-employed people who:

• Are on parent’s leave from work
• Have paid sufficient pay related social insurance (PRSI) contributions.  The PRSI classes that count for Parent’s Benefit are A, B, C, D, E, H and S (self-employed)

It is available for any child born or adopted on or after 1 November 2019.

Parent’s Benefit can be paid for either two consecutive weeks or two separate weeks within the first year of your child’s life.

You can receive Parent’s Benefit at any time within the first year following the birth or adoption placement.

How to qualify

To qualify for Parent’s Benefit, you must have paid sufficient pay social insurance (PRSI) contributions.

If you have received Maternity Benefit, Adoptive Benefit, or Paternity Benefit for your child, you will automatically satisfy the PRSI contributions requirements for your Parent’s Benefit.

If you are an employee, you must have:

• At least 39 weeks PRSI contributions paid in the 12 month periods before the first day of your Parent’s Benefit; and

• At least 39 weeks PRSI contributions paid since first starting work and at least 39 weeks PRSI paid or credited in the relevant tax year or in the tax year immediately following the relevant tax year. For example, if you are going on Parent’s Leave in 2019, the relevant tax year is 2017 and the year following that is 2018; or
 
• At least 26 weeks PRSI paid in the relevant tax year and at least 26 weeks PRSI paid in the tax year immediately before the relevant tax year. For example, if you are going on Parent’s Leave in 2019, the relevant tax year is 2017 and the year before that is 2016.
 
If you do not meet these PRSI conditions and you were in insurable self-employment before starting insurable employment as an employee, you may use your PRSI contributions (Class S) from that self-employment to qualify for Parent’s Benefit – see PRSI conditions for self-employed people below.
 
You are awarded credited contributions, or credits, automatically when you are getting Parent’s Benefit. Credits are awarded at the same rate as your last paid contribution. These credits help protect your future entitlement to social welfare benefits and pensions.  Further information on credited contribution or credits is available HERE.
 
If you were previously in insurable employment in a country covered by EU Regulations, you may combine your insurance record in that country with your Irish PRSI contributions to help you qualify for Parent’s Benefit in Ireland. You must be currently in insurable employment in Ireland and have paid your most recent PRSI contribution in Ireland. More information is available on combining your social insurance contributions from abroad HERE.

If you are self-employed, you must be in insurable employment and have:
 
• 52 PRSI contributions paid at Class S in the relevant tax year. For example, if you are claiming Parent’s Benefit in 2019, the relevant tax year is 2017; or

• 52 weeks PRSI contributions paid at Class S in the tax year immediately before the relevant tax year. For example, if you are claiming Parent’s Benefit in 2019, the tax year immediately before the relevant tax year 2016; or

• 52 weeks PRSI contributions paid Class S in the tax year immediately following the relevant tax year. For example, if you are claiming Parent’s Benefit in 2019, the tax year immediately following the relevant tax year is 2018.
 
If you do not meet these PRSI conditions and you were in insurable employment before becoming self-employed, you can use your PRSI contributions in that employment to qualify for Parent’s Benefit – see PRSI conditions for employed people above.
 
If you are in insurable self-employment, you are not automatically awarded credited contributions or credits when you are getting Parent's Benefit

Further information on credited contribution or credits is available HERE.

Rate of payment

Parent’s Benefit is €245 a week for two weeks.
 
It can be paid for either two consecutive weeks or two separate weeks within the first year of the birth or adoption placement.

Parent’s Benefit is paid directly into your current or deposit account at your bank or building society. It cannot be paid into a mortgage account.

Your employer may continue to pay you in full when you are on parent’s leave. They may require you to have your Parent’s Benefit paid to them, and you can choose to do this.

If you are already on certain social welfare payments, you may get half-rate Parent’s Benefit.

Payment increases

If you have dependents, you may be able to get a higher rate of Parent’s Benefit. When you apply, your rate of Parent’s Benefit (excluding increases for dependents) is compared to the rate of Illness Benefit (including increases for dependents) that would be paid to you if you were absent from work through illness. The higher of the two rates is paid to you.
 
Taxes

If you pay tax, you will have to pay tax on Parent’s Benefit. You will not have to pay the Universal Social Charge (USC) or PRSI.
 
Apply
 
Online application

The quickest way to apply for Parent’s Benefit is online at www.mywelfare.ie. You must have a verified MyGovID account to use MyWelfare.ie. Please visit www.mygovid.ie to get a verified MyGovID account.

You will need your child’s PPSN to complete the application.

If you are unable to apply online, the Parent’s Benefit application form can be requested from the Parent’s Benefit Section by calling 1890690690 or by email at parentsben@welfare.ie

 

 

Last modified:11/11/2019
 

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