Friday 23 March 2018

Married with one income

Income €55,000

Verdict €115 monthly loss

Fiona and Sean are a married couple. Sean works for a large insurance company while Fiona looks after their son Patrick (4) at home and is entitled to home-carer credit. Sean earns an annual salary of €60,000. They are first-time buyers and their mortgage (taken out three years ago) is worth €250,000. As their mortgage was taken out three years ago, it is expected they will qualify for relief until the end of 2017.

Fiona and Sean will be affected by the reduction in tax credits, the reduction in the married-persons’ tax band and the €10 reduction per month in Child Benefit. They will also be affected by the proposal to introduce a Universal Social Charge in 2011, which will replace the Health Levy and the Income Levy.

How it compares



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