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Gerry Adams TD welcomes move to deal with Ministers' Water tax exemption

1 October, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has welcomed a move by the Government to deal with the situation where Government Ministers are exempted from paying Water Charges on a second home.

Deputy Adams drew attention to the issue in the Dáil yesterday during Order of Business. He pointed to the fact that a reply from revenue to a question from Pearse Doherty TD made clear that, under Taxes Consolidation Act 1977, Water Charges are a deductible expense.

Speaking this afternoon Gerry Adams TD said:

"I welcome this belated move to deal with this privilege. It had been Sinn Féin's intention to bring forward an amendment to Section 836 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1977 to exclude Water Charges as a deductible expense.

"Sinn Féin is implacably imposed to domestic water charges which are an unfair double tax on struggling families and we would reverse them in Government."

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