Burton needs to start closing loopholes
Published 10/05/2011 | 05:00
With regard to Joan Burton's call for high paid union officials to take a pay cut so as to "share the pain" (Irish Independent, May 7) may I suggest that a senior member of the Labour Party ought to be more focused on creating an environment in which such sharing is made automatic by the introduction of a proper progressive tax system that taxes high-end income. Not only will this ensure that those who can afford to are paying a fair share but also, if arranged properly, it can cap incomes.
Ms Burton needs also to be reminded that there is still in place a number of tax allowances that are discriminatory in as much as not all members of the public can partake in them. I refer to tax allowances on private pensions and health insurance as well as the usual array of incentives for the wealthy to dramatically reduce their liabilities.