Universal Social Charge (USC)

Reduced rates of USC

Reduced rates of USC apply to you if you:

  • are aged 70 or older
  • or
  • hold a full Medical Card (not a GP visit card).

If you hold a medical card, you should contact Revenue to ensure you are on the reduced rate.

The reduced rates apply for the whole year when you:

  • reach the age of 70
  • and
  • your total income is €60,000 or less.


If you are aged 70 or over and your income is more than €60,000, the standard rates of USC apply. You cannot avail of the reduced rates.

Reduced rates

The reduced rates for 2022 are:

  • 0.5% on the first €12,012
  • 2% on the balance.
Historical reduced rates
 YearReduced rates on the first €12,012  Reduced rate on the balance
2021  0.5%  2%
2020  0.5%  2%
2019  0.5%  2%
2018  0.5%  2%

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