Budget 2023

Brian Keegan: Tax and support policy must also urgently accommodate property sector

Last week’s budget correction in the Finance Bill means that trades, manufacturing and services are now treated equally in terms of tax and supports, but landlords and tenants need more

Given that Budget 2023 had involved spending so much money to deal with the cost of living crisis, mishaps such as the concrete levy were inevitable. Picture: Getty

Budgets are tricky things, as the British have recently discovered. They are not merely about balancing the national books. They are about ensuring there is a business environment which can fund national spending aspirations while providing decent levels of employment, wages and spending power.

They are also about convincing investors that your country is a safe place to put their money. This is a critical consideration for Ireland, given that about half of our national ...