Category: Taxation


Innovation, rather than high-tech, is key

David Jacobson 25/03/2011

David Jacobson: In 1990, in a paper on MNCs in Ireland, I argued that the “completion of the single market” in 1992 would bring pressures on …

Reviewing the Universal Social Charge

Tom McDonnell 11/03/2011

Tom McDonnell: The new Programme for Government is, perhaps understandably, light on detail in many areas. The document is highly aspirational in …

How not to read taxation statistics

Michael Taft 09/03/2011

Michael Taft: Michael Hennigan over at Finfacts is worried that Irish taxation will reach high Danish levels by 2014. He shouldn’t be (though if …

A new emergency Budget

Michael Taft 26/01/2011

Michael Taft: Whatever about the disputes over facilitating the passage of the Finance Bill, what people want to know is what parties are going to do …

Progressive Austerity?

Nat O'Connor 10/12/2010

Nat O'Connor: There has been a flurry of calculations about the effect of Budget 2011. One technical, but important, point is that our income tax …

Is high income tax bad for the economy?

Proinnsias Breathnach 04/12/2010

Proinnsias Breathnach: In the debate over the extent to which the Irish government should resort to tax increases or expenditure cuts in correcting …

Time up on the tax scam

James Wickham 01/12/2010

James Wickham: One of the bizarre features of current Irish politics is the way in which national independence, national sovereignty and even …

Four-Year Plan: Tax Expenditure

Nat O'Connor 26/11/2010

Nat O'Connor: I'm going to call the National Recovery Plan "the four-year plan" because I believe we should encourage the next government to publish …

Fine Gael's 3:1 Ratio

Nat O'Connor 19/10/2010

Nat O'Connor: Fine Gael has given some useful clarity on their fiscal policy position with the declaration that they would seek €1 billion in tax …

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