Benefits for the self-employed

Social welfare entitlements for the self-employed are limited, but there are some key supports available, writes Emma Kennedy, Personal Finance Correspondent.

11th August, 2012
'The failure to provide supports to entrepreneurs sends out the wrong message in promoting an enterprise culture'. Photo: Getty

Self-employed people remain at a disadvantage under the Irish social welfare system, but repeated calls have been made for the playing field to be levelled.

Currently, self-employed people pay PRSI at the class S rate of 4 per cent. Employees who are liable for PRSI at the class A rate also pay 4 per cent, but in addition their employers make a contribution of up to 10.75 per cent.

Self-employed people are entitled to a narrower range of...

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