|Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar has said the lower 9% VAT rate for tourism products will remain in place next year.
Speaking at the official opening of the Good Food Ireland conference, Minister Varadkar said: “I can confirm that the 9% VAT rate will apply throughout 2012. This rate is significant because it principally benefits home-grown employers which are based in Ireland. Many operators moved quickly to pass the VAT cut on to their customers following its introduction. Even where the rate was not passed on, it still benefited the tourism industry by helping businesses to expand”.
The Government is planning to reduce the universal social charge (USC) for the lower-paid in the forthcoming December 6 Budget and to find ways of increasing taxes on wealthy exiles, according to The Sunday Business Post.
Cliff Taylor, the editor of The Sunday Business Post, says the Vat hike will certainly hit retail sales and will affect the poor disproportionately – the question is will the measure have the desired effect of raising the bulk of tax revenues required under the terms of the so-called bailout? And now the cat is out of the bag regarding how the government intends to raise the tax component of the €3.6 billion our Troika masters are demanding.
Taxation changes will not be agreed by government until next week, with the spending cuts being decided first, according to The Sunday Business Post.
JP McManus, the Switzerland-based businessman, has told The Sunday Independent his decision to live abroad had nothing to do with tax avoidance.
“I didn’t leave this country for tax purposes; I left because I wanted to set up a business abroad. I paid my taxes before I left the country in full. I didn’t leave to avoid paying tax or any future tax or anything like that,” he said.