High Irish tax rates unfair, Irish Tax Institute claims

The Irish Tax Institute says the tax burden is spread unfairly across the working population.

High Irish tax rates unfair, Irish Tax Institute claims

The Irish Tax Institute says the tax burden is spread unfairly across the working population.

Workers here are subject to the higher rate of income tax on more of their salary than our European counter-parts.

Earnings of more than €32,000 are taxed at 42% here, while in France top earners are not subject to the higher tax rate until their salaries pass the €186,000 mark.

"The people of Ireland are hurting and they are rightly angry - and they want an accounting," said Mar Redmond, CEO of the Irish Tax Institute.

"Not some sort of denunciation from the benches here - they want a real accounting. Those who committed criminal offences … should be held to account, under the laws of the land."

"People have really taken a significant hit over the past number of years … this is why it's really important, the commitment from the Minister that he's not going to touch income taxes in this budget - because when you hit income taxes, you're hitting people's capacity to earn, and you're effectively hitting people's ability to create jobs."

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