Anyone want to make a few predictions? here are mine.
1)PRSI ceiling to be removed.
2)Tax bands and rates to stay the same.
3)No bailout for the builders or “Help for First Time buyers”
4)Increased tax on flying abroad. maybe a fiver each way.
5)Social welfare not to go up with inflation , mght stay the same or go up say 1 or 2 percent.
6)Increased tax on drink from off licenses but not from pubs, only if this is feasible .
7)Stamp duty to stay the same.
8 ) Massive cuts in the public sector
9)No increase in tobacco taxes as so many people travel abroad regulary and they will just stock up on their trips abroad.
10)Increased petrol duty.
Removal of PSO grants for internal air routes.
Fags to increase by a euro a packet.
Removal of cider duty exemption.
All income to be taxable - children’s allowance, state pension etc.
50% top tax rate for earnings over 100k. To be brought down by 10k every year for the next 5 years…
If Pill means the under 6’s Early Childcare Payment of €1100/annum pre sprog then Yes this is a likely cut. This payment never made any sense in the first place. It was a typical ‘we have loadsamoney where do we spend it’ property bubble taxes payment. First off it was originally conceived as a payment to assist working parents but then they went and made it a universal payment, totally undermining the supposed rationale for it. This payment is budgeted to cost €506million this year. It should be the first to go but it would be a brave decision in an election year.
Don’t suppose they could replace it with something that actually does assist working parents - e.g. tax relief on childcare?
I guess it’s too much to hope for… Still no one willing to take on the constitutional crap about a woman’s “right” to stay at home etc? sigh…
just scrap the damn thing and give us tax relief on the creche fees at our marginal rate of tax (although, this being Ireland, the creche owners would probably immediately increase the fees by the amount of the relief )