April 20, 2023
You can apply for Paternity Benefit through online and postal applications in Ireland. Explore how to apply for Paternity Benefit, along with a few FAQs.
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In Ireland, Paternity Benefit is a payment made to employed or self-employed people taking paternity leave.
It’s paid at a standard weekly rate of €262 during the two-week benefit period.
We’ll discuss how to apply for Paternity Benefit in Ireland and answer a few FAQs on the application process.
There are two ways to make your Paternity Benefit application:
You can complete an online application for Paternity Benefit at MyWelfare.ie, provided you have a verified MyGovID account and a Public Services Card.
On the website, answer a few questions through an online form (PB1 application form) and then upload the supporting documents (PB2 or PB3 form).
If you are employed and taking paternity leave, the PB2 (employer certificate for Paternity Benefit) form must be completed and certified by your employer in writing.
If you are self-employed, your doctor must complete the PB3 (medical certificate for Paternity Benefit) form to certify your child’s date of birth.
In the case of adoption, you must produce a declaration (certificate of placement) that contains the day of placement of the child. The date of adoptive placement refers to the day the child joins the care of a relevant household.
You can apply for Paternity Benefit via post by requesting and filling out a PB1 application form and the required supporting documents (PB2 or PB3).
You can send the filled application to the Paternity Benefit section of the Department of Social Protection at the address below. You’ll also have to request application forms from the same address.
Paternity Benefit Section
Department of Social Protection,
According to the regulations of the Paternity Leave and Benefit Act of 2016, you must apply four weeks before the due date for your two weeks of paternity leave from your employment.
You must provide your employer with proof of the expected leave date to receive paternity leave.
Self-employed people have to apply at least 12 weeks before starting their period of paternity leave.
These application windows are created so you can receive your Paternity Benefit payment as soon as you stop working due to the birth of the child.
You may send a letter to the DSP and ask for a postponement of your entire Paternity Benefit for a maximum of 6 months if:
Your baby is hospitalised.
You fall ill before the start of paternity leave.
The date of adoption or date of placement has changed.
Paternity Benefit is a social welfare payment paid to the relevant parent who:
Is employed or self-employed (a form of insurable employment).
Has enough consecutive weeks of PRSI (Pay Related Social Insurance) contributions.
Has a spouse/civil partner due to give birth or has recently given birth. Alternatively, they could be adopting a child or have a spouse/civil partner who is adopting a child.
But who is a relevant parent?
The relevant parent is the father of the child, the spouse/civil partner of the mother, or a parent of a donor-conceived child.
In the case of adoption, the spouse of the adoptive mother, the sole male adoptive parent, or the chosen parent in same-sex adoptive couples will be considered the relevant parent.
Below are the answers to some common questions about applying for Paternity Benefit:
The standard payment for Paternity Benefit is a weekly rate of €262. This rate will increase if you have dependants and meet additional requirements.
The payment of Paternity Benefit is usually paid straight into either your bank account or building society account.
Employees can also opt to have it paid directly to their employer. In such cases, employers may continue to pay employees in full for the single period of the benefit, depending on the contract of employment.
Paternity Benefit is subject to income tax, but no PRSI contributions and Universal Social Charge is due.
Revenue won't deduct the amount payable from the Paternity Benefit you receive. Instead, they will deduct from your tax credits and rate band according to the tax you owe.
Tax credits are provided to regular taxpayers in Ireland and can be used to reduce the amount of tax payable. A rate band refers to the tax percentage charged on your income.
Some of the other benefits a person can apply for as the father of the child, alongside Paternity Benefit, include:
Working Family Benefit
Back to Work Family Dividend
The provision of these entitlements may exclude you from receiving a dependant increase on your Paternity Benefit.
Furthermore, you may only be entitled to half-rate Paternity Benefit if you are on these social welfare payments:
Widower's and Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension
Widower's and Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-Contributory) Pension
One-Parent Family Payment
Death Benefit by way of Widow's/Widower's/Surviving Civil Partner's or Dependent Parents' Pension (under the Occupational Injuries Scheme)
When filling out the application forms for Paternity Benefit, you will be asked questions on the following:
Personal questions: Questions about you, where you live, dependants and children, bank account details, and civil status.
Employment Questions: Questions about your employment, if you are unemployed, annual leave during a 12-month period, and your planned parental leave from work.
Spouse/Partner/Cohabitant Questions: Questions about the expectant mother/your spouse/partner/cohabitant, their employment status, and the expectant child.
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