The public finances: the story so far in 2017
Tax take up overall, but income tax falling short of targets
Figures from the Department of Finance show that the public finances improved in the first two months of the year, despite a shortfall in income tax.
The increase was mainly due to an increased tax take of €7.5 billion, 0.6 per cent ahead of target and up 4.1 per cent from a year earlier.
Total spending for the first two months was up 6.9 per cent from a year earlier at just over €7 billion.
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