How to levy a property tax

Unlike the €100 charge, the government actually has a great opportunity to introduce a fair property tax that will help to fund local services, writes Seán Murphy.

31st March, 2012
How to levy a property tax
The Campaign Against the Household and Water Taxes in the National Stadium, Dublin. Photo: PA

With the deadline for the household charge having passed, there has been much debate about whether the charge is fair. Simply put: it's not. Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan himself has admitted that the household charge as a flat rate charge is unfair. However, this charge is simply an interim measure until a fair and equitable property tax system can be implemented.

This is the first step on the road to the establishment of...

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