Leo's tax breaks for publicans will put taxis out of business
I was absolutely astonished at your headline on Saturday ('Tax breaks for publicans to ferry customers home', Irish Independent, July 15) informing us that the Government, in a mad scramble to spare the blushes of Shane Ross, intends to bring in tax breaks for publicans who drive customers home.
It should be pointed out from the outset that if you ferry anyone home in a private car 'for reward', as in a tax break, you need a full PSV licence to do so. It should also be pointed out that taxi drivers have been ferrying people home from the pub since year dot without any tax breaks or indeed any way of claiming back VRT.
It is even more astonishing that our Taoiseach intends to put pressure on the insurance industry to cover such journeys. Is the Taoiseach blind to the fact that the last thing the multi-million euro drinks industry requires is tax breaks?