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What is the Family Income Supplement?

Family Income Supplement (FIS) a weekly tax-free payment available to married or unmarried employees with children.

It gives extra financial support to people on low pay. You must have at least one child who normally lives with you or is financially supported by you. Your child must be under 18 years of age or between 18 and 22 years of age and in full-time education.

To qualify for FIS, your net average weekly family income must be below a certain amount for your family size. The FIS you receive is 60% of the difference between your net family income and the income limit which applies to your family. If you are getting FIS you may also be entitled to the Smokeless Fuel Allowance and the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.

No matter how little you may qualify for, you will still get a minimum of €20 each week.

You will qualify for FIS if:
  • You are working 19 or more hours per week (or 38 or more hours per fortnight).
  • You can combine your weekly hours worked with your spouse’s or partner’s to meet this condition.
  • Where the employment is likely to last at least 3 months
  • Looking after one or more children
  • Your income is below the income limit for your size of family.
  • Once you qualify for FIS, it will be paid for 52 weeks while you are employed. At the end of the 52 weeks you can re-apply for it if you continue to be eligible.

If your wages go up or your spouse starts work, your FIS will not be reduced until the end of the 52 weeks. However, your payment will be adjusted upwards immediately on the birth of an additional child. You must notify FIS section of the birth. Click here to print out your Family Income Supplement claim form.

Maternity

Under the Maternity Protection Act 1994, a woman who qualifies for maternity benefit is entitled to claim FIS, provided she returns to employment. Employees who qualify for health and safety leave or adoptive benefit are also entitled to claim FIS, provided they return to employment.

Self-Employed

FIS is not payable to self-employed people. However, if you are partly employed and partly self-employed, you may qualify. In this situation, you must be employed for either 19 hours a week or 38 hours a fortnight – the hours during which you are self-employed cannot be used to qualify. However, the income from self-employment will be taken into account as income when calculating the amount of FIS to be paid.

Reckonable Income

All income from employment, self-employment and social welfare payments is taken into account (except child benefit, carer’s allowance, supplementary welfare allowance and similar payments). Maintenance paid on behalf of a child is not reckonable for FIS purposes for either the person receiving it or the person paying it.


Income from FIS is disregarded for medical-card purposes.
How to Apply

The claim form FIS 1 is available from any social welfare office or from FIS Section, Social Welfare Services Office, Ballinalee Road, Longford. Tel: (043) 45211 or (01) 7043000.
No matter how little you may qualify for, you will still get a minimum of €20 each week.


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