Family Home Taxation – Knowing Your Enemy

Least readers of this Blog might lean towards the incorrect impression that this Blogger is simply anti-taxation, let me tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Of course taxes are necessary, otherwise how would the mechanisms of state-run and how would we avail of services?

While I would stand firmly behind fair and reasonable taxation, I would be passionately opposed to unfair, inequitable and in particular immoral taxation. It is my sincere believe that  present Irish Governments introduction of LPT (Local Property Tax) on Family Homes was a mistake; a significant political blunder and, in fact, a cold affront to thousands of financially struggling lower and middle-income Family Homes Purchasers/Owners. What we are  now left with is an immoral tax, the legislation for which was rushed through the Dáil and Seanad to avoid  contrarian debate. Unfortunately, the present Government pushed it into law and gave its administration to the enforcers of the Revenue Commissioners (who, it would appear, have greater powers than the Gardai), thus making it almost impossible for any citizen, on grounds of principle, to refuse to pay the tax.

However, this apolitical Blogger holds the belief that a combination of sustained people power and the power of the pen can ultimately force our Public Representatives to see the error of their ways and to take Family Homes completely out of the scope of the LPT (Local Property Tax).

One never knows how fast or otherwise the impact of campaigns such as this, will take to bear fruit. However, let me reassure readers that there once existed in Ireland a despised form of direct Family Home Taxation called Domestic Rates. A sustained and highly focused campaign took place for the removal of Domestic Rates from Family Homes and during the early 1970’s, with full agreement from every Political Party and Independent in Dáil Éireann, Domestic Rates were abolished. As no justification ever existed then, nor exists now, for direct taxation on the non revenue generating entity which is the Family Home, I have every reason to believe that an effective, and forceful campaign today for the removal of LPT from Family Homes can bear the same fruit. However, if middle ground Ireland simply sits on their hands, then we will only have ourselves to blame for sheepishly accepting the huge injustice which is LPT on Family Homes.

In the mean time, most citizens, however difficult their financial struggle will try, as usual, to stay within the law (however bad the law may be), and pay the LPT. For this reason I am now including the following two links (courtesy of the Citizens Information Service):

  1. Local Property Tax (LPT)
  2. Case Study: Calculating deferrals of Local Property Tax (LPT)

Now that you have greater insight into LPT lets move on to the business of impressing upon our Public Representatives the need to urgently remove Family Homes from the scope of LPT.

First, have a read of this article entitled: Your Part in Removing LPT From Family Homes. Then, print off whatever Petition Forms you need and take the recommended action. Remember, all hands are required on deck to make this happen. Don’t assume that others will do it. It’s an unfair, unjust and immoral tax and it has to be lifted from Family Homes. I urge you to play your part.

Direct taxation on Family Homes is wrong. It is immoral and its return to the statute books should never have been countenanced.

Family Homes must be taken out of the scope of Property Tax immediately.

If you are interested in the debate on Family Home Tax, why not follow this Blog, by clicking the: “Follow Blog via Email” link at the bottom of the links panel, on the right side of this page and entering the details requested.

You may also email message me at:  familyhometaxno@gmail.com

Follow the conversation on Twitter with:  #FamilyHomeTax

Will you also please vote in the on-line poll, via this link, if you feel that the LPT should not have been placed on Family Homes:  Your view

Let your Public Representatives know how you feel:  TS’s in Dáil Éireann

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Family Home Taxation – Your Part in Removing LPT from Family Homes.

In 1839, the English Author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton coined the phrase: “The pen is mightier than the sword” and in 1845, just six years later, a terrible famine was to blight the Irish Nation.  So; how have these two events echoed down the years so that we suddenly find that they have become relevant again, in our modern Ireland?

Well in the case of the latter, thousand of Irish families were cruelly evicted from their homes because their crops had failed and they could not afford to pay rent to their landlords. They were cast by the side of the road and left to die in their thousands. Ultimately, over one million Irish people were allowed starve to death. The reason for this was a cold and detached foreign administration who believed that balancing books was a priority. Fast forward to today and to thousands of our citizens, who believed that they had already bought their homes. They paid hundreds of thousands in purchase price and taxes on top of that, but now find that the Government, having given themselves the authority in the form of LPT, are poised to attempt to annually suck many thousands more euro from their already recession depleted take home incomes. Many families have as little as  €50.00, per month left over, after all bills have been paid. This kind of modern-day suffering had not been wrought by a foreign administration, but by our very own Government.  As a result of LPT on Family Homes, which could be the straw which breaks the Camels back for thousands, we may well see families again loosing their homes.

In the case of the former: logical, well crafted and sustained written argument engaged in by thousands of people, in common cause, and directed towards those who can exact change, can be a pretty powerful political instrument. Destructive or harmful protest need not be engaged in while the desired changes are being pursued. Our book-keeping administration has decided that the Revenue Commissioners, with their draconian powers, should be the modern-day Landlord’s Bailiff’s; indiscriminately coercing the LPT from both can’t pay and can pay alike. So, what can ordinary people do to make sure that, sooner rather than later, the unjust, unfair and immoral burden of LPT is lifted from Family Homes?  They can, in their thousands, PETITION the Government requesting the desired change.

Change starts with you. Below is a copy of a blank, custom designed twenty signature PETITION Sheet, which calls for the removal of LPT from Family Homes. Please print is off and ask your family members of voting age, greater family and friends to sign their names to the sheet in support of the PETITION. When the sheet is full, keep a copy for your records and address the original to your local Public Representative. So that we can keep a trace on how impacting or otherwise our PETITION Campaign may be, I would ask that as soon as you send the Petition Sheet/s to your local Public Representative,  you advise me, by email (to – familyhometaxno@gmail.com), of how many sheets were sent. In turn, I promise to keep you advised, via postings here, of the numbers of PETITION Sheets dispatched. Given what we are trying to do, a reasonable start-up target for signatures would be: 50,000.  If we co-operate, this will work and it will only cost you the price of a postage stamp and envelope:

Example Blank Petition Form

Example Blank Petition Form

Click through to Blank Petition Form File.

There is an alternative on-line Petition which you may sign:

Direct taxation on Family Homes is wrong. It is immoral and its return to the statute books should never have been countenanced.

Family Homes must be taken out of the scope of Property Tax immediately.

If you are interested in the debate on Family Home Tax, why not follow this Blog, by clicking the: “Follow Blog via Email” link at the bottom of the links panel, on the right side of this page and entering the details requested.

You may also email message me at:  familyhometaxno@gmail.com

Follow the conversation on Twitter with:  #FamilyHomeTax

Will you also please vote in the on-line poll, via this link, if you feel that the LPT should not have been placed on Family Homes:  Your view

Let your Public Representatives know how you feel:  TS’s in Dail Eireann

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Family Home Taxation Abolition – Walking the Walk

Our present Government is now two years into its term of office and in recent days has chosen to publish a list of what it believes to be, its achievements. In fairness, the Government does have a difficult task. However, their are fair and unfair ways of doing things and this post must now highlight one of the unfair impositions which the Government had loaded on the backs of already struggling lower and middle income families.

The devil always lurks within the detail and for many thousands of lower and middle-income Family Home Purchasers/Owners the devil will be arriving into their family homes shortly in the form of letters from the Revenue Commissioners seeking to start the process of collecting the already much discredited LPT (Local property Tax).

No doubt prompted by the Government’s own review of their first two years in office the Labour Party (Junior Partner in the Coalition) recently published a newsletter entitled: “Joan Burton T.D. Keeping in Touch” and distributed it to all households in Ms.Burton’s Dublin 15 electoral constituency.

Having yesterday received the copy, which was dropped into our Family Home, I again took the opportunity to make my feelings know, in relation to the imposition of LPT (Local Property Tax) on Family Homes and wrote the following letter to Ms.Burton, Minister for Social Protection:

To: Ms Joan Burton TD,
Minister for Social Protection,
Dáil Éireann,
Leinster House,
Dublin 2

Dear Ms Burton,

My previous correspondence to you of 15th January 2012 and 12th December 2013 refer and in addition, the attached Labour Party News Letter which was dropped into our Family Home, on Tuesday 5th March 2013.

I refer to mine of 12th December 2012 (further copy attached) and again re-iterate my position. As long as the Labour Party remains complicit in retaining the unjust, unfair and immoral LPT (Local Property Tax) on Family Homes they will not longer benefit from my electoral support.

I have recently conducted an informal survey among twenty-two individuals of voting age from within my associates, friends and greater family and can tell you that: 91% of that small sample believes that the imposition of LPT (which is simply income tax by another name) on the Family Homes of lower and middle-income families was wholly unjustified.

Given the dire financial straits, mortgage difficulties and level of unemployment being experienced by thousands of lower and middle-income Family Home Purchasers/Owners, the introduction of LPT and its application to Family Homes was seen as a cold and immoral action on the part of the present Government.

I have spoken to enough people on this issue to know that, as far as LPT is concerned, my words here echo the thoughts of thousands.

It is never too late to right a wrong.  So, on behalf of all who feel that placing the burden of LPT on to the Family Homes of low and middle-income families was wrong, I appeal to both yourself and the Labour Party to now right this wrong and to do so without delay.

End of Letter

If readers of this post believe that the placing of LPT on the Family Homes of lower and middle-income families was wrong, then this is not a time for you to be complacent. I would urge you to at least write a short general letter of objection. Do it now, address it to your local Public Representative and get it into the post as soon as you can.

Why should you bother?

Well, remember, that the so-called “expert group”, who in 2012 came up with the present incarnation of Domestic Rates known as LPT (or income tax by another name), recommended a national core rate of 0.10% for valuing your Family Home. However, the Government rejected that recommendation and instead introduced the higher burden of 0.18%.

Remember also, that in a few short years, if the LPT is still applicable to Family Homes, individual Local Authorities will be allowed increase the core national rate of 0.18% by as much as 15%.

Remember also, that not if – but when, Irish Property Prices begin to consistently trek up again, the percentages just mentioned will significantly increase further the annual amounts which lower and middle-income Family Home Purchasers/Owners will have to find, to pay this onerous and unfair tax burden.

Remember also that you are already paying via existing taxes for all the services which you are being asked to pay for again under the so-called LPT. Do you think it likely that your existing takes are going to be reduced to take account of the fact of paying LPT? I certainly do not.

In the long run, it can only be the power of the people which will see the unfair burden of LPT lifted from Family Homes, so why not add your voice now to others who are urgently seeking the REMOVAL of this tax, from Family Homes:

Direct taxation on Family Homes is wrong. It is immoral and its return to the statute books should never have been countenanced.

Family Homes must be taken out of the scope of Property Tax immediately.

If you are interested in the debate on Family Home Tax, why not follow this Blog, by clicking the: “Follow Blog via Email” link at the bottom of the links panel, on the right side of this page and entering the details requested.

You may also email message me at:  familyhometaxno@gmail.com

Follow the conversation on Twitter with:  #FamilyHomeTax

Will you also please vote in the on-line poll, via this link, if you feel that the LPT should not have been placed on Family Homes:  Your view

Let your Public Representatives know how you feel:  TS’s in Dáil Éireann

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Family Home Taxation – Three Important Steps Towards Abolition Which You Can Take Right Now

I am an ordinary Irish Citizen, not affiliated to any Political Party or Political Grouping. I  hold the passionate belief, that direct taxation of any kind, on a Family Home is not just inherently wrong, but is completely immoral.

To date, across the seventy-three articles under many headings, which appear within this Blog, I have presented a myriad of reasons why LPT (Local Property Tax) on Family Homes is not just immoral, wrong and unfair but if ever justifiable in the first place, was sheer madness to introduce at time when thousands of middle and low-income families are struggling in the worst continuing economic crisis Ireland has ever experienced.

So, who conjured up LPT (Local Property Tax)?

The Government tasked a team of six Civil Servants (an “expert group”) lead by Dr. Don Thornhill (an ex Civil Servant) to come up with a scheme for taxing homes.  A 144 page report ensued and was presented to Government circa July 2012, following which the LPT (Local Property Tax) was born.

During their deliberations the “expert group” noted that many people had ended up with bigger debts than they should have, because they were forced to add the cost of stamp duty to their mortgages. Did the Government take account of this when implementing the LPT? No.

Again, during deliberations, the “expert group” noted that between 2008 and 2010 household incomes had fallen by 9%. Did the Government take account of this when implementing the LPT? No.

The “expert group” report suggested a core rate of 0.10% of the value of a property for valuation purposes. Did the Government accept this? No. Instead the Government forced a even higher core rate of 0.18% into the valuation equation.

We need to join forces now, in a people power effort, to have this coercive, dishonest and regressive tax (income tax by another name), taken off Family Homes.

The quest to have LPT removed from Family Homes could be a long one. However, as we know the longest journeys always start with the first few steps, which in the case of having LPT removed from Family Homes can be as follows:

  1. Write to your local Public Representative and request the LPT be immediately taken off Family Homes.
  2. Vote in this on-line poll which asks the question: Should Family Homes have been included within the scope of the Property Tax?
  3. Add your name to the Public Petition (link below) which will request the Irish Government to remove Family Homes from within the scope of the LPT (Local Property Tax).

In the long run, it can only be the power of the people which will see the unfair burden of LPT lifted from Family Homes:

Direct taxation on Family Homes is wrong. It is immoral and its return to the statute books should never have been countenanced.

Family Homes must be taken out of the scope of Property Tax immediately.

If you are interested in the debate on Family Home Tax, why not follow this Blog, by clicking the: “Follow Blog via Email” link at the bottom of the links panel, on the right side of this page and entering the details requested.

You may also email message me at:  familyhometaxno@gmail.com

Follow the conversation on Twitter with:  #FamilyHomeTax

Let your Public Representatives know how you feel:  TS’s in Dail Eireann

Here is a link to an Irish Independent Article in connection with the “expert group”

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Family Home Taxation – The Journey Toward Removal Must Start With Three Steps.

Like me, you may be one among many thousands of Irish Citizens who today, still believe that the concept of direct taxation on a Family Home is both fundamentally wrong and indeed, immoral.

If the above is the case, then would it surprise you to know, that not many years ago, no less a person that our current Taoiseach, shared the same viewpoint which you currently  hold? Would it also surprise you to know, that not many years ago, every single Political Party represented in Dáil Éireann, also shared your current view?

What exactly was the Fine Gael stated official position on Family Home Taxation in 1994? Well here, in summary, is what the Fine Gael pre-Election literature of that time stated about Family Home Taxation:

  • It is anti-family
  • It is an anti-Dublin tax
  • It is double-taxation
  • It is anti-home ownership
  • It is against the spirit of self-reliance 

Ok, let’s move on now and take a close look at the following definition of morality and see if we can find within the definition, sufficient justification to consider that the imposition of direct taxation on the Family Home, could now be considered to be a moral action:

“A moral action is one that results in the maximization of both individual and collective happiness, freedom, and fulfillment without imposing unreasonable or unjustified costs upon third parties or the broader civilization.”

First Element within the Definition:  Individual and collective happiness, freedom and fulfillment?

I know the answer I would get, if I asked the following question of every Family Home Purchaser/Owner in Ireland:

Do you believe that paying annual LPT (Local Property Tax) on your Family Home will improve your happiness, freedom or general sense of fulfillment?

Second Element within the Definition:  Without imposing unreasonable or unjustified costs upon third parties or the broader civilisation?

Well, given the record number of mortgages in difficulty and the massively swollen ranks of the unemployed, thousands of which no doubt are Family Home Purchasers/Owners, the LPT (Local Property Tax) could only now be seen, by them, as: an unreasonable and unjustified cost. 

What if someone simply can not pay? Well you will be told that there is the option of “deferral”. However, if you opt for deferral you will then automatically be charged punitive interest, thus increasing the overall burden of cost. Worse still, I you die before the artificially created debt burden has been discharged and your family inherit the Family Home, they immediately become liable for the accumulated artificially created burden of debt. “Unjustified costs upon third parties?” Absolutely.

So, if a Property Tax, as applied to a Family Home, was considered to be immoral in 1994, then given all the above, it most certainly remains immoral today.

Right! It’s unjust, it’s immoral and it’s unfair. So what can we, the individual Citizens, do about this LPT imposition?

Well, our current Political Masters believe that they have this one firmly locked down, having wrapped the LPT in a myriad of punitive non-compliance penalties and handed its administration to the enforcers in the Revenue Commissioners. They believe that their current unprecedented majority in Dáil Éireann is enough to shield them from the justifiable ire of ordinary Citizens, who had no hand act or part in causing the Banking or the Building Industry collapse, but who are now, through such additional tax burdens as LPT on Family Homes, being made to pay and pay very dearly for the financial waywardness of private business speculators, both in Ireland and in Europe.

In an earlier post I declared my current political openness and re-iterate here that  after many years of supporting the Irish Labour Party, their acquiescence in relation to the imposition of LPT (Local property Tax) on Family Homes, was a tipping point for me. As a direct result, I advised the Labour Party by letter that I was withdrawing all future electoral support. I now consider myself to be a floating voter.

There are currently many individuals and groups who vehemently oppose the imposition  of direct taxation on Family Homes and many significant public demonstrations have already taken place. There can be little doubt, that in the coming weeks and months, as the impact of this new tax burden begins to further erode people’s already depleted incomes and in many cases meager savings, justifiable opposition to this unfair and unjust tax will accelerate. If you feel strongly enough about this matter, by all means join whatever peaceful feet on the street demonstrations which you may see advertised. However, while feet on the street demonstrations do have an impact such impact tends to be transient. They are referenced in the media for a day or two and then they seem to quickly slide from consciousness.

Feet on the street demonstrations must be reinforced by the more sustained power of the pen. If you feel that direct taxation of Family Homes is wrong and have not yet written in protest to your Public Representative then why not? I can tell you from experience that it took several years of constant pressure on Public Representatives to have Domestic Rates (the detested previous incarnation of LPT) taken off the Statute Books. The journey towards the removal of LPT from Family Homes must start with a first step which is individual written protest to Public Representatives. I have provided a link at the bottom of this post to a list of Public Representatives currently in Dáil Éireann. If you do nothing else after reading this post other than write that letter and send it off, then that would be a very good few minutes work.

So, your first three steps on our journey together, to have the bad law LPT on Family Homes repealed, are as follows:

  1. Write to your local Public Representative and request the LPT be immediately taken off Family Homes.
  2. Vote in this on-line poll which asks the question: Should Family Homes have been included within the scope of the Property Tax?
  3. Add your name to the Public Petition (link below) which will request the Irish Government to remove Family Homes from within the scope of the LPT (Local Property Tax).

In the long run, it can only be the power of the people which will see the unfair burden of LPT lifted from Family Homes:

Direct taxation on Family Homes is wrong. It is immoral and its return to the statute books should never have been countenanced.

Family Homes must be taken out of the scope of Property Tax immediately.

If you are interested in the debate on Family Home Tax, why not follow this Blog, by clicking the: “Follow Blog via Email” link at the bottom of the links panel, on the right side of this page and entering the details requested.

You may also email message me at:  familyhometaxno@gmail.com

Let your Public Representatives know how you feel:  TS’s in Dail Eireann

Here is a link to the Fine Gael Election Poster of 1994.

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Family Home Taxation Encore: Water Charges (The Trojan Horse)

What a time for middle and lower-income families in Ireland. We seem to be firmly mired now, in an ever-increasing upward spiral of taxation and a downward spiral in incomes and services. Some Economists describe our current state of affairs as; an internal devaluation. Whatever it is, it hurts and hurts badly and it has the ordinary hard-working middle and low-income families of this country in a state of near despair.

We once believed we were living in a Representative Democracy, in which our votes count and secure for us fair and balanced representation and administration from Public Representatives and Government alike; but is that what we are actually experiencing? I, for one, do not think so.

No one would suggest for a moment, that prudential national administration is not necessary. Of course it is and it always was. Lack of it, was partly the reason why, to use a phrase beloved of Politicians right now: “We are where we are”. However, let’s be very clear: the biggest drag on our economy right now is lack of financial resources with which to stimulate the economy and enable us grow our way out of our present national financial difficulties. So where has all the money gone? Well, in large part to bail out/prop up European Banks via pumping it in, to rescue our own near Zombie Banks and also, as we know, down the plug hole with the collapsed Building Industry. The former drain off being forced upon us by the ECB, but the latter being facilitated by several of our own, home-grown, speculator Cowboys.

So, who picks up the tab for all of this? You and me, my friends. You and me.

Lies are bad news at any time, from any quarter. However, lies told by those within whom we place our trust, via Ballot Box, to run our country are particularly reprehensible. Before elections we are told, give us your vote and we will do A,B and C but not D,E and F. However, almost as soon as ballot boxes close, all of that is forgotten and those who have been let through the gate  so to speak, and into power, proceed to do exactly as they wish and in all too many cases, depending on strength of numbers, do so with incredible arrogance and indeed, disregard for the very constituency who facilitated their entry to power.  I am reminded here of the phrase: Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.

We could be forgiven for thinking, that Coalition Government is the best administrative instrument for our type of Representative Democracy in that, its typical mix of political shades, would tend to temper the worst ideological excesses of either party or parties. However, in our present circumstance, and unfortunately to our cost, we have come to discover, in the last couple of years, that a right-wing, business oriented ideology predominates. To all intents and purposes the Labour Party, who many people thought would be sympathetic to the financial plight of middle and low-income families, seem now as though they are the wagging tail of the Fine Gael Dog. Make no mistake about it, the Labour Party will pay dearly for this, come next Ballot Box.

For voters, it is one thing having to suck up all the financial pain already arrogantly dished out by the present Government, but it is something else having to listen to, the conjured up litany of so-called reasons why there must be a “Property Tax” and there must be “Water Charges”, when all of us know full well, that we are already paying, through existing taxation, for whatever services we are now being told we must pay for on the double, and indeed sometimes treble. I hate being taken for a fool. Don’t you?

By now, most, if not all residents in Ireland will have received this document through their letter box:

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Are you familiar with the term Trojan Horse and its meaning? Well, the above is a modern-day Trojan Horse because here is it’s hidden real meaning:

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Why are Board Gais involved? What do they know about water systems? They know as much about water systems as you or I do. However, they don’t have to know anything about water systems because their role, under the fancy new title of: Irish Water, will simply be as proxy additional tax collector, for the state. Will they provide this tax collection service free? Not likely. So who will pay for the new tax collection process Board Gais will introduce? You and I will, as part of the tax demands they will send to us under the heading of water charges.

Bearing in mind Family Home Taxation (LPT), a half years worth of which is due to kick in this year and which is likely to cost the Purchaser/Owner, of even a modest Family Home several hundred euro, what then of  water taxation charges? How much additional is this likely to be? Well, at the moment, your guess is as good as mine; but my sense of it is that several hundred more euro will be demanded of us under the water taxation heading.

We hear many references to water meters. Who is going to pay for the supply and installation of these devices? You and I of course. Even if taxing water supply was acceptable do we need water meters? No we do not. What would be wrong with setting up trial meters on a range of house types with a range of family sizes and establishing usage data from that source and then applying that data to formulate a typical annual charge per house type and family size, thus saving you and me the costs of having to stump up yet again to have these devices installed outside our homes?

Taxation of the Family Home is wrong. It is immoral and our present Taoiseach stated as much in 1994 while opposing a proposed Property Tax by the then Fianna Fail/Labour Government. If something was immoral in 1994, then it is still immoral. The passage of time does not change such a fundamental truth. Here is an abstraction from a Fine Gael Election Poster circa 1993:

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The dishonesty of the present Government in claiming that they were not increasing income tax is now crystal clear for the following reasons:

  1. I repeat from the last section of the first bullet pointed item above: ” Increasing tax such as the Residential Property Tax will not help to relieve the burden of taxation on income.”
  2. The Government gave sweeping and punitive powers to the Revenue Commissioners to collect the LPT(Local Property Tax)

Whatever about the justification or otherwise for charges on general water consumption, there was no justification what so ever, for having imposed direct and punitive taxation on Family Homes.  

Direct taxation on Family Homes is wrong. It is immoral and its return to the statute books should never have been countenanced.

Family Homes must be taken out of the scope of Property Tax immediately.

If you are interested in the debate on Family Home Tax, why not follow this Blog, by clicking the: “Follow Blog via Email” link at the bottom of the links panel, on the right side of this page and entering the details requested.

You may also email message me at:  familyhometaxno@gmail.com

Vote in the on-line poll, via this link, if you feel that the LPT should not have been placed on Family Homes:  Your view

Let your Public Representatives know how you feel:  TS’s in Dail Eireann

Here is a link to the 1994 Fine Gael Election Poster

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Family Home Taxation – Feet On The Street, Saturday 9th February 2013

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“56% of Irish households forced to go into debt to pay essential bills “…..

was the worrying headline, in an article in the Journal.ie, on 12th February 2013.

Research recently conducted by uSwitch Ireland, highlighted the above disturbing statistic and moved it into the spotlight.

The eight image collage, at the head of this article which was taken in Dublin, shows but a tiny sample of the thousands of people who marched on Saturday 9th February, in Cities and Towns around Ireland, to demonstrate their revulsion at the level of unfair Speculator Banking Debt which Ireland has been forced to absorb, to “save” the European Banking System.  No doubt many of the marchers were from households which make up this frightening 56% statistic.

It is estimated that in excess of 100,000 people marched nationwide, and as was anticipated, a significantly large protest of between 25,000 to 30,000 people turned out in Dublin.

As one might have expected, there were strong, across the spectrum political hues within the protester mix, together with robust representation from groupings such as: Health Workers, Teachers and Gardai.

Those marching had no doubt, that through nasty new taxes such as the LPT (Local Property Tax) and Water Charges, we were now being expected to indirectly pay down the substantial private gambling debts of European Financial Speculators and others, who gorged themselves on cheap money, which in un-prudential manner, was handed to them, by European Banks. It has been determined that such debt, now Irish Sovereign Debt, thanks to the recent Irish Government deal on the Promissory Notes, amounts to €9000.00 for each man, woman and child on this tiny Island of ours. It truly beggars belief.

No doubt, a significant number of those who marched on Saturday 9th last were moved to do so, as I was, by the punitive imposition of LPT (Local Property Tax) on Family Homes.

Direct taxation on Family Homes is wrong. It is immoral and its return to the statute books should never have been countenanced.

Family Homes must be taken out of the scope of Property Tax immediately.

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Vote in the on-line poll, via this link, if you feel that the LPT should not have been placed on Family Homes:  Your view

Let your Public Representatives know how you feel:  TS’s in Dail Eireann

Here is a link to the Journal.ie article of 12th February 2013.

Here is a link to an article on a recent LPT (Local Property Tax) protest.

Here is a link to the uSwitch Ireland site.

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