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Budget 2013: Fight the Property Tax

Posted on: December 5th, 2012

The Irish people voted for change in 2011, but unfortunately, little if anything has changed. The faces in government may be different, but the attacks on the taxpayer continue.

The property tax proposal represents another attempt by the Fine Gael/ Labour government to attack home owners and those in negative equity. Those who own homes in Dublin will be particularly badly affected by a valuation-based calculation of the tax. It will crucify those already struggling to pay their mortgages; those in negative equity; those about to be hit by mortgage interest rate rises; those who have lost their jobs; pensioners and those who paid extortionate levels of Stamp Duty during the boom.

Many of the middle income earners targeted will simply be unable to pay a property tax. Nor should they have to; the proposal is penal and unjust, particularly when we see bankers and top civil servants continuing to walk away with apparently untouchable pensions and bonuses.

I will oppose any attempts by the Fine Gael/ Labour coalition to tax your home.