Monday 18 December 2017

James Downey: Coalition is right to steam ahead with property tax for the sake of Ireland Inc

James Downey

James Downey

LOOKING across the road from the window of my study, I can count at least seven strikingly well-kept houses,some with extensions or solar panels. If one of them went on the current market, it would not fetch anything like the lowest figure on the property tax band into which the Revenue Commissioners have placed them.

On this side of the road, the houses are bigger. The last one sold fetched a price in the middle of the band. So the Revenue have got something right. Or have they?

In this part of south Dublin, property values can vary by as much as 200pc. And putting a price on a house is complicated by circumstances with which we are all familiar.

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