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Hi, a friend of mine is working one night every two weeks as a Chinese delivery driver. He makes €150.00 per night and is also claiming illness benefit for the last year and gets €204.00 per week. He says he is not fit to work full time and is able for the one night every two weeks. Is this legal? Mike in Dublin.

The first thing I would say to Mike is that if his friend has not cleared this arrangement with the Department of Social Welfare then he could be in very serious trouble and could be criminally as well as civilly liable to the amount that he has claimed without declaring the alternate income.   The first question I would ask is the €150.00 per night – is this cash into his hand or is it properly declared by way of P.A.Y.E and P.R.S.I.?

 

Mike’s friend should  make all these enquiries and as the law says “put his affairs in order.” Once it is okay with the Department of Social Welfare and the tax authorities then, in answer to Mike’s question, it is legal. 

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