IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Alice Doyle has urged female farmers to take the time to check what PRSI contributions they have made to date and ensure that they are making a contribution when carrying out tax returns this year.
“As we approach the closing part of the year, consideration should be given to reviewing your PRSI record of contributions to date.”
“This is important in terms of planning for your future entitlement to the state pension and may provide the opportunity to enhance future benefits,” she said.
Alice Doyle added that many female farmers who are retiring discover that they are not entitled to the state contributory pension, as they have not made sufficient PRSI contributions.
“This is despite having worked on the farm all their lives. It is important to be aware of this issue when planning for the future,” she said.