Taxation in the Republic of Ireland
In Ireland there is an income tax, a VAT, and various other taxes. Employees pay pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) taxes based on their income, less certain allowances. The taxation of earnings is progressive, with little or no income tax paid by low earners and a high rate applied to middle to top earners. However a large proportion of central government tax revenue is also derived from value added tax (VAT), excise duties and other taxes on consumption. The standard rate of corporation tax is among the lowest in the world at 12.5%.The Irish tax system is primarily in place to pay for current expenditure programs, such as education, healthcare, social protection payments such as old age pensions and unemployment benefit and public capital expenditure, such as the National Development Plan and to pay for the Public Service.