Friday April 3, 2020

Desmond: tax on child benefit 30 years overdue

Former Labour Party minister Barry Desmond has said that a report on the taxation of child benefit for high-income groups in the 1980s was blocked by Fine Gael ministers.

25th August, 2012
Former minister Barry Desmond: tax scheme was stalled by Fine Gael. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Former Labour Party minister Barry Desmond has said that a report on the taxation of child benefit for high-income groups in the 1980s was blocked by Fine Gael ministers who had a "difficulty" with its impact on farmers.

He described it as "remarkable" that the government was not moving to tax child benefit paid to high-income groups some 30 years after an interdepartmental report outlined a taxation scheme.

Desmond was a minister in the Fine Gael-Labour...

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