Family Income Supplement in Ireland

Family Income Supplement (FIS) is a regular weekly tax-free Social Welfare payment for families, including one-parent families, at work on low pay.  Habitual residency is usually required however there are special exceptions for cross border workers.

Source: Department of Social Protection – Family Income Supplement

Summary of Qualifying Conditions:

The claimant must:

  • Be an employee in full-time remunerative employment for 38 hours or more every fortnight (19 hours per week) which is likely to last for at least 3 months.
  • Have at least one qualified child who is normally living with him/her or is part of a family and being supported by him/her
  • Have an average weekly income below a prescribed amount

Entitlement is not affected by whether the claimant is:

  • Married or unmarried
  • Living with a spouse or a civil partner/cohabitant
  • A one parent family

A person living in Northern Ireland but working in the Republic of Ireland may also qualify for a FIS payment.

Cross-border issues

FIS is not payable for any period where the claimant is residing outside the State other than those residing in Northern Ireland but working in the Republic of Ireland.

  • The applicant for FIS must be employed in the south paying Irish PRSI contributions
  • If someone is living in the North and working in the south they are eligible

For further information please visit the website of the Department of Social Protection – Family Income Supplement

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Page last checked: February 2016

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