The Working Family Payment is a weekly, tax-free payment available to employees with children. It gives extra financial support to families with children with rates depending on their incomes and family size. The payment was previously called Family Income Supplement.
How to qualify
To qualify for Working Family Payment, you must meet all of these requirements:
you work in the Irish State and pay tax and social insurance (PRSI) here
you work 38 or more hours every fortnight
you can combine hours from different jobs to make up 38 hours each fortnight
you can also combine your weekly hours with the hours worked by your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant
you cannot use time spent in self-employment or on Community Employment, Gateway, Tús, JobBridge or the Rural Social Scheme
your job is likely to last at least 3 months
you have at least one child who normally lives with you. Your child must be under 18 years of age or between 18 and 22 years of age and in full-time education
you earn less than an amount set according to your family size
Under EU regulations, you may be able to claim WFP if your children are living abroad and dependent on you.
You cannot get Working Family Payment if you are on a Community Employment Scheme or most other job schemes. You may qualify for Working Family Payment if you are taking part in Job Initiative or the Community Service Programme.
Rate of payment
The Working Family Payment you receive is 60% of the difference between your average weekly family income and the income limit that applies to your family. Your average family income is your total earnings less tax, employee social insurance (PRSI), Universal Social Charge (USC) and any other income your family has.
Working Family Payment is paid directly into your current or deposit account at your bank or building society. It cannot be paid into a mortgage account. Any Working Family Payment that you qualify for will be paid from the first Thursday after the section receives your application form.
Generally, you will be reassessed once a year. Your payment will not change for a year (52 weeks) even if your income goes up or down. However you can ask for your payment to be reassessed if one of the following applies to you: