In the run-up to the October budget, all the talk is about USC abolition. But for many people, the sharpest tax increases during the recession came not from the USC but from the reduction or the abolition of other tax credits and reliefs. Remember, the USC replaced two separate levies which already existed - an income levy and a health contribution. So while the USC affected all of us, in many cases it just replaced a charge that was already there.
The burden of the property tax is among the most unfair levies introduced during the recession. A flawed model based on property prices, as opposed to the underlying value of the land the property sat on, it penalised people living in the cities and didn't result in improved public services.
We're told the Irish economy is back on track, but it doesn't feel that way to 46-year-old Debbie Whelan. In fact, she has some questions to ask those who point to the building cranes reappearing on Dublin's skyline as a sign of renewed prosperity.
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