Fine Gael has escalated its attacks on the Commission on Taxation and Welfare, calling its final report “completely free”.
Ine Gael TD Neale Richmond said most of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare’s proposals, published in a 500-page report last week, were “completely unworkable” just days after Tánaiste said some of his recommendations were “straight out of the Sinn Fein”. Manifest”.
At a media event today outlining Fine Gael’s budget priorities, the party redoubled its unprecedented attack on a report by a government-appointed commission.
“We saw from the Commissioner of Taxation and Welfare this absolute lack of imagination that the solution to everything is simply to raise taxes, tax more heavily on the people who get very little back from society but most taxes pay in ‘ said Mr Richmond.
The Dublin Rathdown TD said some of the suggestions in the report were “extremely worrying for people who have gotten everything right”.
“They were saving, they were trying to get their own house, they were trying to provide for their children, maybe they were trying to protect the family farm,” he said.
“Well, they’re not in a position to protect that. Instead, they are being asked to pay more taxes or more into the pot to fund a range of spending commitments that are, unfortunately, both very worrying and completely free.
“I think most of his recommendations are, unfortunately, completely unworkable.”
He said there was no tax cut proposal in the report and that people were “again being urged to pay more taxes”.
Secretary of State Peter Burke, who appeared alongside Mr Richmond, said he “absolutely” agreed with those comments.
“Fine Gael have always been very clear about their priorities. It’s about growing the economy, keeping taxation low and making sure we’re responsible in raising funds in the future.”
At the same time, Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne said she supported the view.
Mr Varadkar’s comments last week drew criticism from commissioners, with Threshold chief executive John-Mark McCafferty saying he was “stunned and disappointed” by the comments, while ESRI’s Barra Roantree said they were “not particularly helpful”.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fine-gael-doubles-down-on-its-attack-on-tax-commission-describing-its-recommendations-as-completely-unworkable-42004321.html Fine Gael doubles down on its attack on the Tax Commission, describing its recommendations as “completely unworkable”.