If the amount you have in your pension plan is comparatively small, you are over 50 and you are no longer in service with the employer that you originally built up your pension with, you may have the option of taking what is called a trivial payment.
There are two categories of scheme member that can take a trivial payment on wind up. These are as follows:
If you are over the age of 50 and the amount of money in your pension fund would buy you a pension of less than €330 per annum, you may decide to take the current value as a full and final payment from the pension plan. This would be subject to tax and the amount of tax will depend on your salary and service at the date you left.
If you are over the age of 50 and if, after payment of your Retirement Lump Sum from the pension plan, the amount of money remaining in your pension fund is less than €20,000, then you may have the option of taking this as a once off payment from the pension plan. This payment is subject to full Income Tax, PRSI and the Universal Social Charge. You are only entitled to this payment if you send confirmation that you do not have any other pension entitlements that would leave you with a collective pension fund value of €20,000 or more.