Budgeting and Tax

Tax Relief for Parents

Single Person Child Carer Credit

If you are parenting alone and paying tax you may be eligible for an additional tax credit. The credit is called the Single Person Child Carer Credit (SPCCC). The amount of the credit is currently €1,750 per year (2024). This will reduce the tax you pay. 

If you are eligible for the SPCCC, you are automatically entitled to an expansion of the lower tax band. The standard rate tax band for 2024 was increased by €2,000 to €42,000 for a single person. In 2024, if you qualify for the SPCCC, you can earn €46,000 on the standard rate of tax (currently 20%) before moving to the higher tax band.  

There are conditions for eligibility for the SPCCC:

  • Only one parent can claim the SPCCC, and that person must be caring for an eligible child or children alone and cannot be cohabiting.  
  • You cannot claim if you are being jointly assessed for tax, if you are married (unless separated), co-habiting or in a civil partnership.

The SPCCC cannot be claimed in the year of bereavement if your spouse or civil partner has died but you may claim the SPCCC for the following tax years if you meet the qualifying criteria. The credit It can be claimed in the year of separation if you are not assessed for tax yourself because your tax was jointly assessed. There is more information about that on Revenue’s websitehere. 

Can you give up your SPCCC claim to a secondary claimant?

You can give up your right to the SPCCC if you are the primary claimant. This is known as surrendering your claim. You may choose to do this because you do not have sufficient taxable income to use the credit fully.  

Another person, the second parent or guardian (the secondary claimant), will then be entitled to claim the SPCCC instead, provided they meet the qualifying criteria for secondary claimants.  

You may claim SPCCC again later if you are still a qualifying primary claimant and the tax credit will be restored to you at the beginning of the tax year following the withdrawal.  

Further information on the difference between a primary and secondary claimant is availablehere.  


There is more information on this tax credit and how to apply on theRevenue website. 

Last modified: 21 March 2024