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):
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.
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