Unmarried couple? You could lose 70% of your pension

Unmarried partners face punitive tax rates on pensions and the family home

Married couples with one earner can earn up to €43,550 before moving into the higher tax bracket.

Married couples with one earner can earn up to €43,550 before moving into the higher tax bracket.

Here is one certainty in life: if you get married, you won’t pay more tax.

“Any couples thinking of getting hitched can rest assured – bar the cost of the wedding – it’s not going to hit you financially, as marriage has a protected status in the Irish Constitution,” says Barry Flanagan, director at Taxback.com. This means that any “barriers”, such as increased income tax, would be unconstitutional.

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