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Last updated March 2021

General Information

Revenue Payroll Notification (RPN)-previously Tax Credit Cert (P2C)

Revenue issue DCU with summary RPN's only quoting your tax credit and cut off, along with USC rates and thresholds and LPT deduction (where applicable). Employees can get the full detailed breakdown of their allowances by logging on to myAccount (assuming you have registered via Revenue) via this link.  

Revenue will no longer be issuing a paper copy version of the RPN. 

Staff are reminded that the make up of your allowances is personal to yourself and it is your responsibility to ensure that the detail is correct. So please ensure that you check your RPN and your first pay slip to avoid any over or underpayment of Tax or USC.

Click on this link for information on how to contact Revenue.

Universal Social Charge:

This deduction came into effect on 01st January 2011

Revenue notify employers of the USC rates and thresholds to be applied for all employees via RPN. 

The standard rates of Universal Social Charge are:

0.5% - on the first €12,012  

2% - on the next €8,675


4.5% - on the next €49,357

8% - on the balance  

The Reduced rates of Universal Social Charge are:

Individuals aged 70 years or over whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less Individuals (aged under 70) who hold a full medical card (not a GP Visit Card) whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less    
0.5% - on the first €12,012 The 2% rate applies to all income over €12,012    


'Aggregate' income for USC purposes does not include payments from the Dept of Social Protection. A 'GP only' card is not considered a full medical card for USC purposes. There is a surcharge of 3% on individuals who have non-PAYE income that exceeds €100,000 in a year.

The Exempt categories for Universal Social Charge are:

Where an individual's total income for a year does not exceed €13,000  
All Dept of Social Protection payments  
Income already subjected to DIRT  

Full Medical Card Holders:

Revenue hold a list of all current medical card holders supplied to them by the HSE. They instruct employers of the appropriate USC rates and thresholds to be applied for all current Full Medical Card Holders.

Upon receipt of a full medical card, it is advisable that an employee should notify Revenue immediately (not DCU). Revenue will then issue a revised tax credit certificate to both the employee and DCU. Any refund due will then be automatically made by DCU with your next payroll payment.

Note: Revenue supplies only the information your employer needs to calculate the tax and USC you pay. All other personal information you give Revenue remains confidential between you and Revenue. The revised RPN issued to your employer will not state that you hold a full medical card. See link on USC at

Additional Superannuation Contribution (Previously Pension Related Deduction):

Pension Related Deduction came into effect on 1st March 2009 and was renamed Additional Superannuation Contribution in January 2019

Brief outline of the deduction:

  • This deduction applies to staff who are members of the DCU Pension Scheme 
  • This is not a pension contribution and no pension benefit accrues from this deduction.
  • Deductions are based on all Pensionable Public Sector Income 
  • Easi Travel and Cycle to Work Scheme, Social Welfare Maternity payments are exempt from this deduction
  • Full Tax Relief is given at source on the amount due. This has no impact on any other pension related tax relief.
  • Employees will be issued with a certificate at the end of a tax year or when the leave the University stating the amount paid in that tax year. This certificate should be passed onto your main employer if applicable otherwise this document is retained for your personal information. 

There are two sets of thresholds and rates applicable to DCU Staff

i) Single Public Service Pension Scheme (Single Scheme) in general new entrants on or after 1st January 2013 and

ii) Standard Accrual members of Pre 2013 Public Service Pension Schemes (pre-existing schemes). 

2021 Rates and Thresholds


Standard Accrual Group   Single Scheme Group
First €34,500 @ 0%   First €34,500 @ 0%

Next €25,500 @ 10%

  Next €25,500 @ 3.33%
Balance @ 10.5%   Balance @ 3.5%


DCU Pension Contribution, Group Life Plan, Added Voluntary Contributions, and Purchase of Added Years, Purchase of Temporary Years Service, Purchase of External Service and Public Service PRSA's (DCU Provider Ir Life) all subject to the present relief limits (see below) of qualifying annual earnings.Presently DCU have authority to give Tax Relief and PRSI Relief at source on the following:

Up to 30 years of age 15%
30 to 39 years of age 20%
40 to 49 years of age 25%
50 to 54 years of age 30%
55 to 59 years of age 35%
60 Plus 40%

Age at anytime during the year of assessment, subject to a maximum of €115,000 PA.

The Easi Travel Pass, Cycle to Work Schemes and 1.37% of your Income Continuance Plan are also given relief at source but are not included in the above percentage limits.

Cycle to Work Scheme:

This scheme is available at DCU and administered by the HR Department for further information click on this link

Easi Travel Pass Scheme:

This scheme is available at DCU and administered by the HR Department for further information click on this link 

Voluntary Health Insurance:

Staff should be aware that there is an independent web site run by the Health Insurance Authority where you can compare the costs of various types of cover with each provider. Click on this link for more information.
You can get a free comparison from Cornmarket (DCU Financial Consultants) by clicking on this link 


DCU has a VHI group scheme, number 00004318. Our renewal date is 22nd September each year, but staff can join at any time. The individual deals directly with VHI ensuring to quote your staff number on your application form. They in turn will notify DCU of your contribution amount, to be deducted weekly/monthly from your payroll. If you wish to transfer from another group scheme you just have to contact VHI and quote our group number and your DCU staff number and they will look after all the paper work. For more information or telephone 1890 444 444.

Other Private Health Insurance Companies

Currently DCU does not have a group scheme set up with any of these companies but full details are available on the links below and if you decide to sign up with a different company, payment of your policy is between yourself and the health insurance company.

Flat Rate Expenses for Academic Staff:

The following grades have a standard expense allowance, which is still given at the higher rate of tax. If this does not appear on your Tax Credits and Standard Rate Cut-off Point Notice, you should go to the Revenue On Line PAYE Anytime Service and claim under Flat Rate Expenses (NOTE-THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE TO RATES SINCE 2008).

  2006 2007 2008 onwards
Professor, Head of School €558 PA €608PA €608PA
Assoc Prof., Senior Lec. Lec. Above Bar and Lec. Below Bar €475PA €518PA €518PA
Part-Time Lecturer (On full hours) €475PA €518PA €518PA
Part-Time Lecturer. (Not on full hours) €256PA €279PA €279PA

PAYE Exclusion Orders:

PAYE exclusion orders can be held for certain members of staff, depending on their country of origin and that they are in Ireland for the first time and staying under a two-year period. This is a detailed area with many factors taken into account and is looked after by Revenue. Individuals who feel they may fall into this category should email with name, PPSNo, address (if application is being made on the basis of being a non resident, the address abroad and date of birth) along with a copy of your singed contract. There are no forms in relation to this procedure however you may be required to submit a letter from your employer with details of your Contract duration and Postion which you can request through the HR Officer that deals with your School\Department.

Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI)

All staff of the University makes contributions to the Pay Related Social Insurance scheme (PRSI), whether they are permanent, temporary full-time or temporary part-time. Different rates can apply to each of these three categories and each rate entitles the staff member to different benefits.

Permanent Staff

Staff employed by the University prior to the 6/4/95, have PRSI deducted at Contribution Class D. Staff employed after that date, which have not previously paid the reduced PRSI rate, contributions are deducted at Class A.

Temporary Full-Time Staff

PRSI contributions are deducted at Class A for all full-time temporary staff. (If you are on a Career Break from another employer please inform the payroll section so it can be confirmed that class A is the correct PRSI in your individual case.)

Temporary Part-Time Staff

Most part-time members of staff pay PRSI contributions at class A. If however an individual is paying reduced rate of PRSI (Class D or Class B) elsewhere, he/she may be entitled to pay at class J on the University's income. It is very important that you enter the correct PRSI Class on your Online Payroll Form. Remember it can save you money. (If you are on a Career Break from another employer please inform the payroll section so it can be confirmed that class A is the correct PRSI in your individual case).

Details of Benefits

Entitlement for these PRSI contributions depends on the number of contributions made. It is essential that an individual register with their local Social Welfare Office if at any time they are not in receipt of income. This ensures that they receive a credit PRSI contribution for the period in question if appropriate. A PRSI week goes from the first day of the calendar year, each year i.e. 2017 a PRSI week is from Sunday to Saturday. To be entitled to a PRSI contribution week you must work at some stage within a Sunday to Saturday (in 2017) of that week.

Each benefit has its own conditions for eligibility. For further information click on this link