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Universal Social Charge USC Refunds

The Universal Social Charge was introduced in 2011 to replace the Income levy and the health levy portion of the PRSI charge.

See how the USC is being charged for the current year and the 4 previous years for which we can check for refunds.

Universal Social Charge – Rates & Limits

2012-2014

2015

2016

€0 to €10,036

2%

€0 to €12,012

1.5%

€0 to €12,012

1%

€10,037 to €16,016

4%

€12,012 to €17,576

3.5%

€12,012 to €18,668

3%

€16,017 and above

7%

€17,576 to €70,044

7%

€18,668 to €70,044

5.5%

€70,044 and above

8%

€70,044 and above

8%

 

For 2013:  If you have a full Medical Card, the USC should only be charged at a maximum 4%, regardless of your income.

For 2014:  Full Medical Card holders who earn less than €60,000 will only have to pay 4% on earnings above €16,016.  But if they earn over €60,000, then the normal rates above apply.

For 2015:  Full Medical Card holders who earn less than €60,000 will only have to pay 3.5% on earnings above €17,576.  But if they earn over €60,000, then the normal rates above apply.

For 2016:  Full Medical Card holders who earn less than €60,000 will only have to pay 3% on earnings above €18,668.  But if they earn over €60,000, then the normal rates above apply.

Claiming USC Refunds

At Red Oak Tax Refunds, we check for refunds of USC for Medical Cards and for any overpayments due to working more than one job or not working part of the year.

We don’t need any P60’s or P45’s to check for USC refunds – We check for USC refunds as part of a normal tax refund application!