Universal Social Charge (USC)
Payments and income exempt from USC
Payments exempt from USC
You will not pay USC on payments you recieve:
- from the Department of Social Protection (DSP)
- Payments that are similar to DSP payments, but paid by another body such as:
- Blind Welfare Supplementary Allowance
- Community Employment Scheme
- Farm Retirement Pensions
- Fund for Students with Disabilities
- Job Initiative Scheme
- Mobility Allowance
- social welfare payments received from another country
- Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
- Youthreach Training Allowance.
Income exempt from USC
Your income will be exempt from USC if it is less than the exemption limit. The exemption limit for 2023 is €13,000.
Historical exemption limits
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Other income that is exempt from USC includes:
You can find a full list of USC exemptions in Section 12 of the USC manual.
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