Government may increase property tax by 600% if USC is scrapped

Government may increase property tax by 600% if USC is scrapped

The Government has been warned it may have to increase property tax by 600% if it decides to scrap USC.

The Department of Finance has been looking at ways to plug the gap in the tax take if it gets rid of the Universal Social Charge as promised.

The department's brief, released under the freedom of information act, also contains a warning that the price of petrol, diesel or alcohol could go up, with an extra €1.50 in excise duty on every pint.

Today's Irish Times has said a high earners levy is on the cards if the USC goes, but the briefing note calls it a progressive tax and claims its abolition would be regressive.


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