Thursday, 6 December 2018

Ceisteanna (190)

Jackie Cahill


190. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the temporary draw down of stamps by a parent at the cessation of an employment is considered in the calculation of farm income for a young farmers scheme application for funding from the national reserve fund; if so, the justification of same in view of the temporary nature of the income; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51243/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

A gross off-farm income limit of €40,000 was applied to all applicants to the 2018 National Reserve. Applicants could choose to use either the full 2016 or 2017 tax year, whichever was more advantageous to the applicant. Certain Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection payments including, Jobseekers Allowance and Jobseekers Benefit are reckonable as off-farm income.

For those applicants under the National Reserve who are farming as part of a group or as a Company, off farm income is determined as follows:

- Joint herd number - the gross off-farm income of all members of the group is taken into consideration (€40,000 limit applies to the group);

- Company - the gross off-farm income of the Directors is taken into consideration;

- Registered Farm Partnership - off-farm income of all participants on the herd number to which the Young Farmer(s) is associated is considered.

In determining the off farm income of the applicant(s), the complete tax year of 2016 or 2017 is considered and the applicant must provide supporting documentation to cover the entire period i.e. 52 week period.