Brian Keegan's tax take: A budget all about votes

Brian Keegan's tax take: A budget all about votes

A budget targeting benefits rather than tax cuts could suit a government in election mode

The budget is still seven months away, but already the debate has opened up, with suggestions in the media last weekend that the government could prioritise social welfare benefits in preference to tax cuts next October. Talk of social welfare benefits usually involves the unemployed and pensioners. These are not the kind of benefits which are on the agenda if the reports are to be believed, but rather the benefits that people of working age receive for the PRSI they pay - dental and optical benefits, parental leave and other welfare payments and subsidies.

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