Sunday 15 September 2019

Tax breaks for ordinary workers 'must be protected', warns Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photo: Tom Burke
Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Tax breaks for ordinary workers including shop assistants and bar workers need to be “protected”, Fianna Fáil has said.

The issue of a proposed ‘tax grab’ on thousands of people is set to be brought into the talks on the renewal of the 'Confidence and Supply' deal.

Revenue had planned to reduce tax relief on expenses from January – but any changes will not now take place until 2020.

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath said today that while he doesn’t “set down any red lines publicly”, the issues need further discussion.

He said the current regime “needs to be protected” because the system is “something that has built up over many decades”.

“It’s important to ensure that people are not out of pocket.”

Mr McGrath also hit out at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s promise to relentlessly cut income taxes over the next five year if re-elected.

He said the idea was “economically ridiculous” against the backdrop of Brexit.

“I’m not going to be seen to compete with Fine Gael in making a promise I can’t stand over,” he said.

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