ICMSA and ICSA seek low water charges, low diesel tax

A commitment to low water charges for farmers and other non-domestic users, plus a freezing of taxes on diesel are among the budget priorities cited by farmer groups ICMSA and ICSA.
ICMSA and ICSA seek low water charges, low diesel tax

In an extensive document with many of the same funding priorities as the IFA, the ICMSA also wants a tariff harmonisation programme to keep water costs low for all non-domestic users.

It says any new billing model must retain the 225,000 litre domestic allowance as a minimum, with no extra costs imposed on farmers.

The ICMSA is also hoping today’s budget will exclude farm assets from assessments for high education grants, lift tax-free limits for farm transfers under capital acquisitions tax rules, and a review of capital gains tax rules to promote on-farm investment.

Meanwhile, the ICSA is hoping taxes on diesel will remain the same, despite a tax strategy group suggestion to hit auto-diesel with 11c per litre extra taxes over five years to bring diesel in line with petrol price.

“Such a proposal would be madness in terms of the impact on competitiveness,” said ICSA president Patrick Kent.

“For an island on the edge of Europe that depends on exports, we can’t afford to shoot ourselves in the foot on transport costs.”

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