The government is considering introducing a tax on maternity benefit in December's budget, and has asked the Revenue Commissioners to draw up a model for how such a tax could work.
Informed sources said that, with some 23,000 women receiving maternity benefit at any one time, the tax could raise up to €90 million for the exchequer.
The move comes in the wake of new figures showing a three-fold increase in the cost of the benefit,...
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