Tax debacle shows the need for reform

The first thing that should be said about the controversy over new tax demands being sent to pensioners is that everyone should pay the taxes they owe. Pension payments have been largely protected thr

8th January, 2012

The first thing that should be said about the controversy over new tax demands being sent to pensioners is that everyone should pay the taxes they owe. Pension payments have been largely protected through the downturn, so it is not unreasonable to expect that those in receipt of a state pension as well as an occupational one should pay what is due.

However, the whole affair has been handled badly by the Revenue Commissioners and...

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