Thursday 19 April 2018

Thomas Molloy: Property tax confusion will hit economy where it hurts

'DEATH, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them," wrote Margaret Mitchell in 'Gone with the Wind'.

She had a point. Taxes are never popular, and there was never going to be a great time for most of us to pay the full property tax. But who on earth decided that the weeks before Christmas was the best time for this necessary but expensive tax?

It's time for the Revenue Commissioners to admit they have made an uncharacteristic error by demanding the payment of property tax for 2014 in the dying months of 2013. The demand is both arbitrary, because it discriminates against those who chose one payment method over another; and unfair, because this demand came out of the blue.

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