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# Universal Social Charge

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Counting the pennies: where your tax money will go in 2013
The government’s going to spend €69 billion in total next year. So where does the average taxpayer’s money go?
Readers' Panel Part One: What are you expecting from Budget 2013?
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.
Poll: Which should be introduced: a 'mansion tax' or higher USC on top earners?
Today’s papers suggest the Cabinet has abandoned one in favour of the other. We’re asking: which would you introduce?
Budget 2013: Four days to go, here is the speculation so far
The Budget is days away and though there has been fewer leaks than last year there’s plenty of speculation. This is what we can expect on Wednesday… definitely, maybe.
Poll: Would you favour an increase in the USC for those earning over €100k?
The idea has been floated by some in the Labour Party but Fine Gael may resist it. What do you think?
Taxes on texts and junk food proposed by Social Justice Ireland
Social Justice Ireland that a €3.5bn budget adjustment can be achieved without cutting social welfare or child benefit.
Looking for a refund of the PRSI overcharge? Check the rules first
The Department of Social Protection has handed back over €10 million so far to taxpayers who were overcharged – but now it’s getting swamped with enquiries.
More than €10million collected in PRSI overcharge
Thousands of people were due an average refund of €385 each after paying a health levy they were not liable for.
Column: Why the household charge is a ‘gateway tax’
Socialist TD Clare Daly is suggesting that it might be time to revive the Irish-coined concept of boycott instead of complying with the €100 household levy.
Winners and losers of Budget 2012: In pictures
There was plenty at stake in the austere Budget presented by Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan over the past two days. This slideshow will fill you in…
In photos: Memorable Budget days of the past
Bruton’s VAT on children’s shoes, McCreevy’s decentralisation, Mac the Knife, ‘turning a corner’ – and plenty more.
ESRI report says just 3 per cent better off on dole than in jobs
The organisation also recommends that the government look at diverse means of generating taxes other than relying on income-related taxes like the Universal Social Charge.
The Daily Fix: Tuesday
In tonight’s Fix: All the latest from #Aras11 ahead of tonight’s debate; why the Universal Social Charge has been good for the government; and has Robbie Williams left Take That?
New social charge helps push income tax earnings up by a quarter
Exchequer figures show we’re collectively paying 25 per cent more in income tax since last year.
Exchequer runs €18.9bn deficit in first seven months - with banks to blame
Department of Finance figures show that the Exchequer would be €2bn better off than at last year, if not for the banks.
Universal social charge unlikely to be scrapped: report
The controversial tax appears to be valued by government ministers including Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan
Budget 2011: Bumper payday for self-employed high earners
Self-employed single people earning over €200,150 a year will be better off in 2011, thanks to generous reform of the PRSI system.
ESRI calling for universal social charge
Institute urges Irish people to set up a ‘rainy day’ fund, and not to rely on property and pensions. It’s good advice – and only about four years too late.