I don’t know how any of you feel about the property tax?
I, however, am sick of paying taxes of one form or another. From credit cards to VRT, to VAT and USC. Most of all though, I am sick of PAYE.
PAYE workers contribute by far the most to the tax take in this country (in 2007, €10 billion of the total income tax take of €13.5 billion). And what happens to it?
Now we have property tax to “broaden the tax base". Yeah .
Or does it mean we will pay even more for no return - a godawful place madly betwixt Boston and Berlin, taking in all the worst bits - given the lack of commitment to decrease any of our existing taxes?
Or maybe that's a bit cynical?
Speaking of which, those of you who feel bled dry as it is, might ponder the words of Phil Hogan, Environment Minister – the man threatening us with dire consequences if we do not pay the property tax – uttered in February 2009 (as pointed out by Gene Kerrigan in the latest Sindo).
When asked to take a 10% voluntary cut in his €110,000 TD (member of the Irish parliament) pay , he responded:
“No. My personal circumstances don’t allow that at the moment".
There you go, then.
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