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Editorial: Mums' tax is last thing we need

While nobody would dispute that tax dodgers should be pursued by the Revenue, the proposed initiative to target women who look after other people's children in their own home will worry a lot of parents today.

The plan, dubbed the Mothers' Tax, aims to collect PRSI from women who earn up to €15,000 a year child minding.

The minders in question will not have access to jobseekers' benefit should their work cease - but they would be able to build up entitlements towards a state pension.

Every working mum and dad knows how expensive childcare is here.

If this tax is imposed in a way that makes it financially unsound for women in the home to continue minding the children of mothers outside the home then the situation could set in motion a chain of events that will ultimately harm both.