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Pension Rights of Auto-Entrepreneurs 2013

Tuesday 05 February 2013

The level of the minimum turnover required for auto-entrepreneurs to obtain pension rights has been revised for 2013.

If you run a business as an auto-entrepreneur you will pay a fixed percentage of your turnover in social security contributions.

The actual percentage contribution varies by type of business, as we set out in a recent article.

The size of pension rights earned each year will depend on the turnover of the business, and a minimum turnover is required to earn such rights.

The minimum turnover per qtr/year differs by type of business occupation.

For those in sales it is €6,501; those in a service activity, €3,772; for professionals it is €2,858.

However, this figure is arrived at after deduction of the standard cost allowance for each type of activity - either 71%, 50%, or 34%.

These cost allowances as those that apply for the 'regime de base' for a micro-entreprise.

The following table shows the turnover needed to obtain one to four quarters' pension rights in 2013.

Pension Turnover Thresholds
Type of businessCost AllowanceOne QtrTwo QtrsThree QtrsFour Qtrs
Sales71 %€6,501
€13,004
€19,505€26,007
Services (BIC)
50 %€3,772
€7,544
€11,316
€15,008
Professional (BNC)
34 %€2,858
€5,715
€8,573
€11,431

The amount of pension you will actually receive will depend on the number of quarters' you earn, although there are minor variations by type of scheme.

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