Tuesday 27 June 2017

The Coalition is exposed as gambling on tax windfalls

Siren voice: Professor John McHale of the Fiscal Advisory Council has rather spilt the beans
Siren voice: Professor John McHale of the Fiscal Advisory Council has rather spilt the beans

Shane Ross

Is the Coalition cooking the books? I asked the woman from the Revenue mischievously.

She almost laughed, but taxwomen rarely do mischief or humour. She settled for a gentle "No, no, no", followed by a flow of suffocating tax babble.

Three people whom you would never invite to the pub for a pint have been ringing warning bells. The head of the Revenue Commissioners, the big chief at the Fiscal Advisory Council (FAC) and a member of the Central Bank Commission have, in sharp succession, fired highly unwelcome shots across the Government's bows.

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