“The self employed have a taken a hit again. I cannot understand why this government would introduce an 11 per cent Universal Social Charge just for the self employed. I don’t understand what this government have against the self employed.
Why do the self employed pay tay tax at 11 per cent but if you’re in a PAYE job and you”re not taking the risks of the self employed you only have to pay eight per cent. I can’t understand that.”
Independent TD Stephen Donnelly (at 4.50) speaking during the Budget 2015 debate in the Dáil following the government’s decision to introduce a new 8% USC rate for anyone earning more than €70,000 and a new 11% rate for the self-employed earning more than €100,000.