Thursday October 22, 2020

The taxing issues: the facts about the Irish tax system

Most public spending goes on the young (education) and the old (pensions and healthcare)

31st January, 2016
Our income tax system is the most progressive in the EU Picture: iStock

Our tax system will be a major focus of debate in the forthcoming General Election campaign. In assessing the various proposals by the different political parties, the following facts should be taken into account.

Most public spending goes on the young (mainly education) and the old (pensions and healthcare). At present, Ireland has the lowest proportion of people over 65 in the EU, so spending on pensions and health should be lower than in other...

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