New government: same practices. In case there was any doubt about the retention of the back of an envelope as the favoured calculating tool of politicians and the Department of Finance, the latest working paper by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) should allay the fears of those Luddites who shun change.
People who cannot service their mortgage could declare insolvency and be released from bankruptcy – including their mortgage deficits – within three years under new government proposals, according to the main story in The Sunday Business Post.
A €1.9 billion deficit in the Social Insurance Fund must be addressed in the Budget, leading to increased speculation PRSI might be extended to include unearned income such as rent, dividends and shares, according to The Sunday Business Post.
Now the dust has settled on the presidential election jamboree, the media is beginning to turn its attention from the circus to the bread with increased coverage on what is likely to befall us in the upcoming Budget.
A Sunday Times reader asks if she and her sister are liable to pay UK withholding tax on the proceeds of dividends from British bank shares they inherited. Neither sister works outside the home and they have no independent incomes, although both their husbands pay tax here at the higher rate.