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