Invalidity Pension is a weekly payment to people who cannot work because of a long-term illness or disability and are covered by social insurance (PRSI).
Once you reach the age of 66, you transfer automatically to the State Pension (Contributory) at the full rate.
Invalidity Pension is taxable. Depending on your circumstances, some or all of your Invalidity Pension payment may be liable to income tax. The department pays Invalidity Pension, without deducting tax. The department does, however, notify Revenue of the taxable amount of Invalidity Pension to be taken into account for income tax purposes. This means you do not have to do anything for the correct tax to be paid.
PRSI and USC are not charged on Invalidity Pension payments.
To qualify you must satisfy both medical and social insurance (PRSI) conditions.
To qualify you must:
Social insurance contributions criteria
Only class A, E, H and S contributions count for Invalidity Pension.
To get Invalidity Pension you must have at least:
The relevant date is established based on the date of commencement of permanent incapacity for work.
You cannot use voluntary contributions to satisfy the contribution conditions for Invalidity Pension.
A Deciding Officer will examine your claim and decide on your entitlement based on the qualifying conditions outlined above.
|Increase for a qualified adult||€148.90||-|
|Increase for a qualified child||Under 12||Over 12|
If income from your spouse or partner is below a certain level, you can get an increase in payment. This is called an increase for a qualified adult.
You can also get an increase for a qualified child if:
To apply, fill in the Invalidity Pension application form at the bottom of this page.
You can also get this form at your local:
Return your completed application form with any supporting documents to:
If you have been getting Illness Benefit for a period of 468 days, you will be medically assessed for continued entitlement to Illness Benefit and possible entitlement to Invalidity Pension.
If, as a result of this assessment, it is considered that you may be entitled to Invalidity Pension, an application form (INV2) will be sent to you.
When they get the completed form a Deciding Officer will examine the claim and determine eligibility for Invalidity Pension.