Govt not tax collectors to blame for propert tax insists Stanley

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

The Revenue Revenue Commissioners cannot be blamed for Government’s failed Property Tax legislation according to Laois Offaly TD Brian Stanley.

The Revenue Revenue Commissioners cannot be blamed for Government’s failed Property Tax legislation according to Laois Offaly TD Brian Stanley.

Speaking after Revenue Commissioner Chairperson Josephine Feehily answered TDs’ questions on the Property Tax, Deputy Stanley said responsibility lies with politicians.

“Ms Feehily quite rightly pointed out the limitations Revenue faces in implementing this tax on Family Homes. The Government rushed through this legislation because it knew it was unpopular and unfair. They cannot now shift the blame onto revenue for their rushed legislation,” he said.

The TD said his party is opposed to the tax and will repeal it in government. He said Labour and Fine Gael TDs have “tried to pass the buck on this shambles” but he said the public would not accept this.

“This charade will not fool the tens of thousands who will struggle to pay this unfair tax now or next year. This is a tax proposed by Fianna Fail and implemented by the Labour Party and Fine Gael.

“No amount of shifting blame onto civil servants can hide that fact. The government must take full responsibility and repeal the property tax,” he said.