Tax reductions announced in Budget 2017
There was some good news in Budget 2017 with the announcement of reductions in the rate of capital gains tax for entrepreneurs, a reduction in some of the USC rates and a gradual reduction in the deposit interest retention tax.
Increases in the tax free amount that you can inherit or receive as a gift have also been announced in relation to capital acquisition tax.
Universal Social Charge – USC
Some USC rates have been reduced by 0.5% and the band increased to €18,772 for income taxed now at 2.5%
€0 to €12,012 @ 0.5%
€12,013 to €18,772 @ 2.5%
€18,773 to €70,044 @ 5%
Capital Acquisition Tax – CAT
The lifetime tax free amounts are being increased:
"The Group A lifetime tax-free threshold applying to gifts and inheritances from parents to children is being raised from €280,000 to €310,000,
The Group B lifetime tax-free threshold applying to gifts and inheritances made to parents, siblings, nieces, nephews or grandchildren is being raised from €30,150 to €32,500.
The Group C lifetime tax-free threshold applying to gifts and inheritances made to all others (except spouses and civil partners who are exempt) is being raised from €15,075 to €16,250."
Capital Gains Tax – CGT
The capital gains tax rate for entrepreneurial relief is being reduced to 10% on gains of up to €1 million (a reduction from the current 20% rate).
Deposit Interest Retention Tax – DIRT
A gradual reduction in the rate of DIRT, a tax on savings has been announced starting with an initial 2% reduction (reducing DIRT to 39%) with a 2% reduction each year so that the DIRT rate will be 33% in 2020.
Earned Income Tax Credit
The earned income tax credit for the self employed has been increased by €400 so that the earned income tax credit for 2017 will be €950.
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