Employer pays employee while out sick and receives the illness benefit

All employers must deduct PAYE from any Illness Benefit received by the employee, from the Department of Social Protection, regardless of whether or not the employer pays the employee while they are out of work on sick leave.

If you do not know how much Illness Benefit the employee is receiving then you must make a best estimate and deduct PAYE from it in the week it is due to the employee. Please note:

  • No payment is made for the first six days of Illness or for any Sunday during the sick period.

  • From the 1st January to the 10th March 2017, the normal weekly rate of Illness Benefit is €188.00 (or €31.33 per day). The DSP will implement a new weekly rate of €193.00 during the week of 10th March - 17th March 2017.

  • Employees will receive the 6 day payment even if they normally work 5 days.

 

Illness Benefit is subject to PAYE only, not USC or PRSI. It is taxable from the first day of payment by the employer.

 

There are three scenarios that an employer must deal with in considering the treatment of Illness Benefit:

 

1. Employer does not pay the employee while they are out sick

2. Employer pays the employee while they are out sick, employee retains the Illness Benefit payment from DSP (does not give it to his employer)

3. Employer pays the employee while they are out sick, employer receives the Illness Benefit payment from DSP

 
Employer pays the employee while they are out sick and also receives the Illness Benefit payment (either directly from the DSP or indirectly from the employee)

In this instance, the employer reduces the employee's salary by the Illness Benefit they are receiving, so he is merely topping up the employee salary to their normal periodical salary.

Illness Benefit must still be recorded as a DSP payment to facilitate the figures being reported to Revenue accurately and for the appropriate tax treatment to apply.
 

  • The employee instructs DSP to make payment directly to their employer.

  • The employer receives the DSP Illness Benefit of €188.00 per week (or €193.00 if after the 10th March 2017).

  • The employer must collect the tax on the Illness Benefit that the employee is receiving from DSP and record that he has taxed the Illness Benefit. This portion of the employee's pay must be treated correctly, subject to PAYE but free from USC and PRSI.

 

Example:

Employee Weekly Tax Credit € 30.00

Employee Weekly SRCOP €600.00

Employee Gross Salary € 500.00

 

Employee Gross Salary € 312.00 Reduced from €500 to €312 (i.e. €500 – €188)

 

Illness Benefit €188.00

 

Pay subject to PAYE €500.00 Salary of €312 plus Illness Benefit of €188

PAYE 500.00 @ 20% €100.00
Less Tax Credit          - € 30.00
PAYE payable                 € 70.00

Pay subject to USC € 312.00 Salary portion only, Illness Benefit is not subject to USC.

Pay subject to PRSI € 312.00 Salary portion only, Illness Benefit is not subject to PRSI.



Processing the Illness Benefit in BrightPay

1) Click ‘Payroll’ on the menu bar and select the relevant employee’s name in the summary view.

2) Reduce the employee's paid hours or basic pay in accordance with the company sick pay scheme.


2) Within the ‘Parenting/ Illness Benefit’ section on the employee’s payslip, click on Enter on Calendar. 


3) Click on the employee's first day of sickness and drag your mouse over the days the employee is out sick. When all sick leave days are highlighted, click the dedicated Sick Leave button at the top right of the screen. The program will automatically calculate the non-qualifying days and the illness benefit days the employee is entitled to. 

 

 

4) Close the calendar to return to the employee's payslip. Any illness benefit that the employee is entitled to claim will be displayed on screen. 

 



5) To now instruct the program that the employer is receiving the illness benefit payment, within the ‘Parenting/ Illness Benefit’ section, click the Edit button to the left of the illness benefit amount being calculated. Tick the box provided to indicate that the benefit is being paid directly to the employer "Benefit paid directly to employer".

 

6) Click out of the edit facility to capture this amendment. 


The Illness Benefit will be added to the employee's periodic salary and PAYE deducted accordingly. 

 

Editing the Illness Benefit calculated

In the event that the employee is not entitled to illness benefit or the employer receives notification from the DSP of the amount of illness benefit that the employee is claiming and this differs to the amount being calculated by BrightPay, an edit facility is available.


1) Within the ‘Parenting/ Illness Benefit’ section on the employee’s payslip, click the Edit button to the left of the illness benefit amount being calculated.

 



2) If the employee is not entitled to illness benefit, simply untick the box provided.

3) If an adjustment is needed to the illness benefit currently being calculated by BrightPay, amend the illness benefit in the field provided.

4) Click out of the edit facility to capture the amendments made. 

 

 

Need help? Support is available at 01 8352074 or support@brightpay.ie.

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