Savings overhaul for first-time buyers
The Government wants to overhaul a tax relief scheme for first-time buyers which has been labelled a "flop" by Fianna Fáil.
First-time buyers can apply for a refund on the Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) levied on savings to build up a deposit to buy a home. The scheme was due to run until the end of 2017, but its take-up has been poor.
Figures released in July showed that fewer than 50 refunds were issued since the scheme was introduced.
Finance officials are examining ways to make the scheme more attractive, as concern grows about a lack of initiatives for first-time buyers.
"We need to make the scheme more appealing," said a Government source.
Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath said the low take-up shows the scheme does not work.