Monday February 24, 2020

The mother of all taxes

The new tax on maternity benefit will have serious implications for many new mothers, but how will it be imposed, and how much will it affect incomes? Emma Kennedy reports.

13th July, 2013
Figures from the Department of Social Protection showed that 45,129 women received maternity benefit last year. Photo: Thinkstock

As we all know, recent budgets have made cut after cut, with one of the latest manifestations of austerity being the taxation of maternity benefit, which has recently come into force. During his budget speech last December, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced that from July 1 maternity benefit would be treated as taxable income. According to official figures, the change in policy is likely to yield the state €15 million this year and €40...

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