Coalition considers tax benchmarking to lure emigrants home

Anyone able to explain to me how this would work? … -1.2093287

Electioneering. It’s how you market tax cuts to a slightly wider audience than simply those who stand to directly gain from the cuts, good for a few points in the polls that might translate on the day.

Can’t say I object in the same way a dog doesn’t object to being fed.

seem like a way of shifting the debate [rather than a legally binding move]; and taking the initiative away from the likes of Fr Sean Healy and the Labour Party

but think of de most vudnerable…

It won’t - Chief Property Pimp Noonan needs to realise the proceeds from selling a house in many places barely qualifies as a deposit on the same place in dublin, and that is no doubt where said job would be (and you can forget about commuting from where houses are cheap, given the 3rd world infrastructure).

Returning to ireland to pay 40% of your income in tax (for nothing) and half the rest in a mortgage isn’t likely to be big magnet for people with better standards of living elsewhere.

Here’s an idea. Give them the vote from afar. :smiling_imp:

and where do they plan to benchmark against?

Guess that settles the Boston or Berlin debate: we’re looking to Birmingham, Brisbane, Boston, and B… B… Burnaby (and not Berlin, Bern, Bilbao and Bordeaux).

Agree completely.

And that’s if you can find a house.

Can they benchmark the weather against, um, Barcelona maybe?

In practical terms, I imagine one way of contributing to doing it would be to raise the ceiling for higher rate tax. However, as someone who has lived here, I’d prefer to see him doing it for the people who live here in the first place rather than as a bribe to get people to come home.

That being said, the last time I emigrated, and came back, it wasn’t tax matters made the difference, it was personal, family related thoughts. It’s a mistake to think that cold hard cash is the only decision.

Ireland has often come out high for quality of life surveys. I’m starting to wonder why because it is unutterably frustrating living in a city the size of Dublin with the public transport system it has. The health system has issues. The education system has issues. The property set up is only not the worst in Europe because England’s is (and seriously, bad and all as rental matters are here, they are significantly worse in England).

Really, the best way to lure people home is to make it an attractive place to live. This means accepting that for the most part, at the moment, it isn’t. I’d get over the rain. I really would. It’s the structural stuff that we could make better (but prevaricate about) that hurts.

I live here at the moment. I don’t think the tax thing would be the make or break input to a decision to come back if I wasn’t living here.

Normally, I’m opposed to non resident voting, but given that in Ireland, votes are generally traded entirely for trough space for the voters’ snouts, or else cast through unthinking family habit, I’m starting to come round to the view that the franchise should be restricted exclusively to non residents. That way, we might start to get the level of impartiality that Mantissa has elsewhere identified as lacking.

Noonan (w/ chocolates/flowers tax breaks in hand): Come back… we’ve changed, it won’t be like before…

I don’t know a single person in the very large Chicago Irish community who wants to go back home.

Not for all the tea in china.

Noonan can shove his tax break up his hole and the rest of the begruggers can shove yer voter residency requirments up yer holes too.