Friday 19 January 2018

Motorists hit hardest with bulk of €4.6bn 'green' tax bill

Energy taxes on transport fuels accounted for 61pc of the total tax collected
Energy taxes on transport fuels accounted for 61pc of the total tax collected
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Consumers paid over some €4.6bn in environment-related taxes last year, with motorists taking most of the pain.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said the amount collected was up 4.5pc year-on-year, and that these levies account for 8.4pc of the total tax take in 2014.

Most of the tax was paid by motorists, with energy taxes on transport fuels accounting for 61pc of the total collected.

Another 38pc came from transport taxes, including motor tax and vehicle registration tax (VRT).

The bulk of this source was paid by households, who paid €869m in motor tax last year. Businesses paid another €290m, and €572m was paid in VRT.

So-called pollution and resource taxes stood at €57m. These include the plastic bag levy (€15m) and landfill levy (€41m) which is charged to dispose of waste.

The amount paid in the landfill levy has fallen since 2012 as recycling rates increase and less waste is disposed of in this way.

The carbon tax, which applies to home heating products, raised a total of €390m, while the air travel tax took in another €11m.

Of the €4.597bn collected, some €68m came from taxes on agricultural activities, €315m from industry and €1.327bn from the services sector.

Householders paid the bulk, or €2.887bn.

Separate CSO figures released yesterday show that in the first half of the year 78,660 new private cars were licensed, a rise of 26.3pc compared with the same period last year.

The number of used (imported) private cars licensed fell by 10.8pc compared with the same period in 2014.

In June, 3,924 private cars were licensed for the first time.

Irish Independent

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