Stealth the name of the game

Once the government committed to not raising income taxes - and honouring the Croke Park deal - the die was cast, writes Cliff Taylor.

4th December, 2011
Stealth the name of the game
This budget will not affect how consumers earn money, but how they spend it. Photo: Maura Hickey

Mary and Tom, public servants with two children. Matt, the single high earner. Joan, who relies on social welfare. And Michael and Catherine, who run their shop and have three toddlers. You have met them all, reading the annual budget coverage in this newspaper and elsewhere - the sample taxpayers who are used to illustrate what the budget will mean.

Well, this year, it is all different. The sample taxpayer calculations are based entirely on...

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