Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government can’t simply pass the buck on the Property Tax debacle.
Deputy Doherty said:
“It is unacceptable that the government is trying to wash its hands off this debacle. It is their tax and their law. I look forward to quizzing the Revenue Commissioners at the Finance Committee but it is a cynical exercise by government to hang civil servants out to dry while they feign ignorance.
“Despite the government spin, many people are being asked to pay for next year’s tax this year. Some people who want to pay in one lump sum by their chosen method have to pay this year. That means they are being asked to pay 18 months property tax in a calendar year.
“Sinn Féin is opposed to this tax on Family Homes and have committed to repealing it if elected to government after the next election. This fiasco which follows last week’s scandalous news that the government has now reneged on its original promise that 80% of the money collected will go back into the area in which it was collected to support local services.
“This shows that our analysis that this is simply a revenue raising exercise has been proved right. The fact that not a cent of the €250m raised so far has reached local governments confirms this.
“The property tax is deeply unpopular and unfair. Labour and Fine Gael TDs must stop hiding behind the coattails of Revenue and take ownership of their tax and address the problems that are coming to light.
“Ultimately it is the very existence of the tax that is the real issue here. The debate we should be having should focus on the legitimacy of the property tax and its impact on ordinary families. That should be front and centre.”