The nature of the employment mainly determines the PRSI contribution class that applies to an employee.
Contribution Class A
This applies to people in industrial, commercial and service-type employment under a contract of service and civil and public servants recruited since 6 April 1995, whose combined earnings from all employments bring them into Class A.
The appropriate subclass within Class A is based on the earnings in each separate employment.
Contribution Class J
This applies to:
- Employees in industrial, commercial and service-type employment under a contract of service, whose combined weekly reckonable earnings from all employments are below the threshold for Class A.
- Employees over 66 years of age.
- Employees who are also full-time civil and public sector employees and paying PRSI Class B, C, D or H in their full time job.
Contribution Classes B, C and D
These apply to pensionable employees in the civil and public service, including civil servants, teachers, gardaí, the army and local authority employees who were recruited before 6 April 1995.
Contribution Class H
This applies to NCOs and enlisted personnel of the defence forces.
Contribution Class K
This applies to people under 70 years of age who are not insurably employed under the Social Welfare Acts. The following are examples:
- People getting a pension from a former occupation,
- People normally paying Class S who have reached 66 years of age,
- People receiving income from positions of certain office holders, e.g. Judiciary, State Solicitors,
- Prescribed relatives.
Contribution Class M
If the weekly income is below the threshold for Class K contribution Class M applies.
Contribution Class M is also used for people who:
- Are under 16 years of age;
- Are normally insurable at Class K who:
- hold a medical card or
- get a Social Welfare Widow’s/Widower’s Pension
- get a One-Parent Family Payment
- get Deserted Wife’s Benefit/Allowance
- are aged 70 years or over
- get a widow’s or widower’s pension under the social security legislation of another country covered by EC Regulations.
Contribution Class S
This applies to self-employed contributors who pay tax and PRSI under the self-assessment system (Schedule D).
Directors whose income is assessable under Schedule E tax may also be liable to pay Class S.
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