Ian Guider: Revenue must reconsider hitting SMEs with heavy tax bills

It would be a shame if the Revenue Commissioners’ lack of support scuppered one of the government’s best measures to help small firms survive the ongoing turmoil

Businesses that could be saved, and have been protected for the past two and half years, could lose their battle due to the actions of the state

For months, the signals have been clear that a combination of the cost of living crisis and the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would eventually hit the domestic economy. Surveys have shown consumer and business sentiment deteriorating, even in the face of official statistics showing a recovery.

You can point to the anecdotal evidence of shops being busy again or price-gouging in pubs, restaurants and hotels and say everything is fine, but now we ...