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Saturday 23 September 2017

Kenny backs Revenue's property tax stance despite Gilmore's call for U-turn

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking to the media tonight. Photo: Tony Gavin
Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking to the media tonight. Photo: Tony Gavin

ENDA KENNY has backed the Revenue Commissioners controversial pre Christmas property tax grab.

Speaking  on his arrival at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Dublin for the Fine Gael Presidential dinner tonight, the Taoiseach backed the Revenue’s right to implement taxes as they see fit - though he fell short of criticising Labour leader Mr Gilmore.

He said: ”The Government decide what policy is, the Revenue Commissioners implement and enforce that policy .

“Nobody, and I repeat nobody, is required to pay the 2014 property tax in 2013 but I would encourage as many people as possible  to use the options - of which there are up to six - to ensure that they pay their property tax in 2014.”

Asked directly about Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore’s comments on the property tax the Taoiseach said:  “The Tanaiste reflects the opinion that the Government and the Dail are an entirely separate matter. Government decide what policy is.

"The Dail legislates for that policy and the Revenue Commissioners, an entirely independent body and rightly so, implement that policy.”

Revenue have controversially told almost a million homeowners to pay their property tax bill for 2014 by November 27 if they are paying by credit, debit card or cheque.

But Government politicians, including the Tanaiste, have now joined the chorus of calls for a re-think.

Mr Gilmore said he believed Revenue should "reconsider the deadline" for those making the one-off payment by cheque or card. He said that in the run-up to Christmas it probably was something the Revenue "should look at again".

Reiterating Mr Gilmore's position, the Tanaiste's spokesman said the "big advantage" of the October Budget was that it gave consumers some certainty heading into Christmas.

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