Budget 2018

Personal Tax

Minor Cuts to USC rates
Increase to the income tax standard rate bands for singles from €33,800 to €34,500 and for marrieds from €42,800 to €43,550
Increase in earned income credit of €200 for self- employed individuals
Increase in home carer tax credit of €100
Mortgage interest relief ceases in 2021. Tapered relief from 2018 to 2020
Pre-letting expenses on residential rental properties of up to €5,000 per property may be claimed as a deduction

Business Tax

Share-based remuneration incentive to be introduced, subjecting profits to capital gains tax in place of income tax
Capital allowances on intangible assets restricted to 80% of income generated from these assets
Accelerated capital allowances for energy-efficient equipment extended to end of 2020
0% benefit-in-kind in 2018 for electric vehicles
0.1% increase in employer PRSI contribution from 10.75% to 10.85%


VAT refund scheme for charities to be introduced in 2019 in respect of 2018 costs based on non-public funding;

Capital Gains Tax / Capital Acquisitions Tax

Capital gains tax exemption for qualifying property to be held for 7 years, now may be sold between years 4 and 7 and remain exempt

Stamp duty

Stamp duty on commercial property increased from 2% to 6%

Full details are attached in this budget summary