Personal Retirement Savings Plan in Ireland: A Complete Guide

If you’re a resident of Ireland, then you should have a Personal Retirement Savings Plan (PRSPS). It’s the cornerstone of your retirement, and the earlier you start saving for it, the more money you’ll have when it’s time to retire. In this guide, we’ll cover everything there is to know about PRSPSs in Ireland—from eligibility requirements to how much you can contribute every year.

The importance of a Personal Retirement Savings Plan

You need to start saving for retirement as soon as possible. The amount of money you’ll need in your retirement depends on a number of factors, including the type of lifestyle you want and how long you expect to live. In Ireland, the average life expectancy for women is 84 years old and for men 78 years old (according to the World Health Organization).

In addition to this information, there are two key things that will affect how much money we should be saving: our age right now and how much interest our savings earn over time. The older we get, the more expensive it becomes (in terms of both time spent working and money spent) since there are fewer working years left before retirement age arrives.

Personal Retirement Savings Plan eligibility

To be eligible for the Personal Retirement Savings Plan, you must meet the following conditions:

You must be over 18 years old.

You must be a resident of Ireland and not an employee of an international organisation or diplomatic mission located in Ireland.

You have been employed for at least 12 months with your current employer (or its predecessors), or if self-employed, you have been trading for at least 12 months (this excludes any period during which you were unemployed).

You cannot already be contributing to another PRSPS within the last three years (from January 1st 2021).

What is a Personal Retirement Savings Plan (PRSPS)?

A Personal Retirement Savings Plan (PRSPS) is a personal retirement savings plan that allows you to save money for your retirement. It’s a tax-efficient way to save for your retirement and it allows you to invest in different types of assets like shares or bonds.

How much can you contribute to a PRSPS?

You can contribute up to €3,000 per year to your PRSPS. However, you can also choose not to contribute anything at all. If you make this decision, however, it’s important that you understand what it means for the growth of your savings and how they will be taxed when they’re withdrawn in retirement.

The most important thing is that if you do decide not to contribute at all during a given tax year (for example because there aren’t enough funds available), then this decision cannot be reversed in future years unless there are exceptional circumstances such as illness or injury which prevent further contributions being made for some time period after which time normal payments resume again without penalty being incurred by either party involved (employer/employee).

How does the tax relief work for your PRSPS?

Your PRSPS is a tax-efficient way to save for retirement. The contributions you make are deductible from your income and they can be made on an after-tax basis.

  • You get a personal tax credit of up to 5% of the value of your PRSPS contribution, up to a maximum of 1% per month (or 12% per year). This means that if you contribute €100 per month, your employer will match it with another €100 in savings–and this will be deducted from your salary before taxes are applied. In other words, by making regular contributions through payroll deduction or direct debit banking channels like AIB Direct Payroll Savings Account or Bank of Ireland Payroll Savings Account , you’re effectively reducing your taxable income by 10%.
  • If there’s any money left over in the fund at retirement age (65), then it can be taken out without incurring any additional tax liability–but only if certain conditions are met first!

What happens when you withdraw from your PRSPS?

When you withdraw from your PRSPS, it is treated as income for tax purposes. You will be taxed on the withdrawal at your marginal rate (i.e., the highest rate of tax that applies to your income).

If you have made contributions to a PRSPS and withdrawn them before age 55, you may be able to claim tax relief on those contributions by completing an ‘election form’ available from Revenue or online at

Having a Personal Retirement Savings Plan is crucial for your retirement.

Having a Personal Retirement Savings Plan (PRSPS) is crucial for your retirement. A PRSPS allows you to save for your retirement in a tax-efficient way, meaning that you’ll pay less tax on the money that goes into it and get more back when it comes out again.

What is a Personal Retirement Savings Plan?

A PRSPS is an account that allows people aged over 18 years old and not in full-time education, who are resident in Ireland, to make regular contributions into their own personal pension fund with pre-tax income. You can contribute up to €2,400 per year – but this cap applies if both partners are working; if only one person is working then they can contribute up to €3,600 per year.*


Now that you know how the Personal Retirement Savings Plan works and how much it can help with your retirement, it’s time to take action. You don’t want to get caught off-guard when it comes time for you and your spouse or partner to retire. You should be prepared so that when retirement comes around, it doesn’t feel like such a shock!

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