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Hogan trying to drag more homes into tax net

21 March, 2013 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, has accused the government of misleading the public in an attempt to drag households into the Family Home Tax net.

Responding to environment minister, Phil Hogan’s comments, that changes in the exemption list of unfinished estates reflected, “the improvements made by local authorities” Deputy Stanley said: “This is not a statement based on any fact.
“Only twelve months ago 43,000 homes were regarded as unfinished and were exempt from the Household Tax, but now despite having no working done on them, 37,900 homes, are suddenly liable to the pay the Family Home Tax.

“My office has been inundated with calls from angry, shocked residents. They claim that their estates are in worse condition than they were last year because no work has been carried out. No amount of spin or pixie dust from Minister Hogan can magic this away.

“The reality is that the government is attempting to create a wish list of estates that can be brought into the tax net so as to increase the yield from the so-called property tax.

“Sinn Fein has opposed this tax from the beginning. We said it was unjust and unworkable. We have prepared legislation to repeal it and we will fight it all the way.”

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