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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Bruton supportive of any changes to make property tax payment easier

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton

Michael Brennan, Deputy Political Editor

JOBS Minister Richard Bruton has said he would support any changes to make the payment of the property tax "easier for people to manage" - amid mounting pressure over the deadline.

Labour is standing by its demand that homeowners should not have to pay next year's property tax this month if they are using credit or debit cards.

But Fine Gael has been backing up the payment plan put in place by the Revenue so far.

In a shift of position, Mr Bruton said he would welcome any changes by the Revenue themselves.

"If Revenue on hearing opinions and listening to what is happening, if they can find operational measures to make it easier for people to manage, that is something that I would warmly support," he said.

However, Mr Bruton also repeated remarks made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny about the importance of the Revenue being independent of Government.

"Obviously I think from long experience in politics, the Revenue Commissioners have an independent role and we need to respect that independent role. You can have politics telling the Revenue how to run their business," he said.

He had been asked about his position on the issue as Jobs Minister, given that retailers have warned that the payment of the next year's property tax before Christmas will damage their sales. The Revenue has said there are other payment methods for people to use to avoid paying the 2014 property tax before Christmas.

Mr Bruton was speaking at the launch of a new €125m capital fund to focus on turning medium-sized Irish companies into world leaders in their field with bigger sales and bigger workforces. The investors include AIB and the European Investment Bank, as well as a €25m contribution from the Enterprise Ireland state agency.

Irish Independent

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