Know Your Rights: PAYE Income Tax Rates 2020

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Know Your Rights has been compiled by Kerry Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public…

Question: I’m a PAYE worker. What income tax will I pay in 2020?

Answer: The amount of tax that you have to pay depends on your personal circumstances. Tax is charged as a percentage of your income.

The amount that you actually pay depends on your income and on the tax credits and reliefs that you are eligible for.

The first part of your income, up to a certain amount, is taxed at 20%. This is known as the standard rate of tax and the amount that it applies to is the standard rate tax band.

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If you have income above the standard rate tax band, it is taxed at the higher rate of tax, which is 40% (also called the marginal rate). The amount that you can earn before you start to pay the higher rate of tax is your standard rate cut-off point.

There were no changes to tax rates and bands in 2020. The standard rate of tax is 20% and the higher rate is 40%.


You may also be eligible for other income tax reliefs, credits or exemptions, which can reduce the amount of tax that you have to pay. Visit to find out more.

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

• Contact us in Tralee on Tel: 0761 07 7860 Killarney 0761 07 7820, Listowel 0761 07 7840 Kenmare 0761 07 7810, & Caherciveen 0761 07 7780. Outreach Services; Killorglin weekly, Dingle monthly, please call Tralee for more information.

Information is also available online at and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000

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