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Government must tax higher earners instead of messing around with child benefit – Ó Snodaigh

14 August, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Responding to media reports today which indicate that the government may make changes to the child benefit system, Sinn Féin spokesperson on social protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh called on the Minister not to “mess around with child benefit, which is a universal payment, but rather to reform the tax system and ensure that those who have more pay more.”

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Child benefit is a universal payment and should remain as such. Any changes to it undermine its intention. If families have additional income this should be tackled through a reformed progressive taxation system.

“Sinn Féin has consistently called on the government to implement a third rate of tax at 48% for those earning over €100,000. The issue of the wealthy handing back child benefit is irrelevant. They have always been able to hand it back or simply not claim for it in the first place.”

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