Richard Bruton dismisses claims of income tax hikes in December’s budget
JOBS Minister Richard Bruton has dismissed claims that income tax hikes are on the way in the Budget due to non-payment of the household charge.
He was responding after Environment Minister Phil Hogan said that there would be cuts in essential services as a result of the shortfall in revenue from the €100 charge –with the only alternative being to “put more taxation on work and working people”.
But Mr Bruton denied this meant there would be income tax rises – given the Government commitment to leave them the rates untouched.
“I think the Programme for Government is clear on those issues. I think what Phil Hogan was expressing was that if people refuse to pay a tax that is supporting services in their area, they will see a natural consequence,” he said.
Local authorities last week were informed that millions of euro were being cut from their budgets, partially because of the low amounts of payments of the household charge in some areas.
Mr Bruton said that people who paid their taxes had a right to see the delivery of council services such as water systems and sewage treatment.
“Government has to champion those people and I think it’s very important that point be made. If you don’t pay up your tax, you are impacting on your community very directly,” he said