The Tax Take: The most boring job on the planet

Greater parliamentary input may lead to better tax policy

12th June, 2016
Michael Noonan, Minister for FinanceMaura Hickey

Flushed with the fervour of the new politics, this group will turn the way in which national budgets are formulated on its head. I don’t doubt for a minute their abilities and good intentions, but they may have volunteered themselves for one of the most troublesome and boring jobs on the planet.

Some 40 years ago, the US treasury secretary under Nixon, William E Simon, remarked that we should have a tax system...

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