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Ireland Faces Popular Revolt Over New Property Tax - Tea Party Socialists? Why the left is leading a tax revolt in Ireland

 
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Ireland Faces Popular Revolt Over New Property Tax - Tea Party Socialists? Why the left is leading a tax revolt in Ireland
Debt-mired Ireland is facing a revolt over its new property tax.

The government said less than half of the country's 1.6 million households paid the charge by Saturday's deadline to avoid penalties. And about 5,000 marched in protest against the annual conference of Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party.

Emotions ran raw as police backed by officers on horseback stopped demonstrators from entering the Dublin Convention Centre. Many protesters booed and heckled passers-by who were wearing Fine Gael conference passes, some screaming vulgar insults in their faces.

Protesters jostled with police as they tried to block the way of Fine Gael activists using a back entrance. One man mistakenly identified as the government minister responsible for collecting the tax had to be rescued by police from an angry scrum.

Kenny said his government had no choice, but to impose the new charge as part of the nation's efforts to emerge from an international bailout. Ireland already has endured five emergency budgets in four years and expects to face at least four more years of austerity.

"The household charge is the law of the land," said Kenny, who noted that people were paying the tax over the Internet at a rate of 5,000 an hour Saturday.

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The charge this year is a flat-fee €100 ($130) per dwelling, but is expected to rise dramatically next year once Ireland starts to vary the charge based on a property's estimated value. Anti-tax campaigners have urged the public to ignore the tax demand, arguing that the government doesn't have the power to collect it.

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'Tea Party socialists?' Why the left is leading a tax revolt in Ireland.

As the deadline passed midnight Sunday for payment of a new government fee, only 49 percent of households had signed up to pay amid frustration with the government's austerity agenda.

A majority of Irish households have refused to pay a new government fee in a tax revolt led, unusually, by socialists.


The Irish government levied the new tax in an attempt to shore up the country's finances that were devastated by economic collapse and a series of bank bailouts. But as the deadline passed midnight Sunday, only 49 percent of households had signed up to pay.

With no rioting and few protests, Ireland had been until now the quietest of the ravaged economies on the fringes of the European Union. However, the tax revolt reveals significant frustration here to budgetary reforms and foreshadows trouble ahead for the government's efforts to meet EU bailout demands.

More - [link to www.csmonitor.com]

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Here i gatta pay $500 a month for property Tax, so $130 a year for them is not that bad.
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130.00 for property taxes, and we pay in the thousands? or are they saying its an increase of 130.00 big difference.
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Here's another article...


BRUSSELS - Almost half of Irish people have refused to pay a household tax imposed as part of promised savings measures, while government pressure to secure the levy risks further angering an austerity-weary public.

By a Saturday (31 March) midnight deadline, around 805,000 of the country's 1.6 million registered households had paid the tax, which has been subject to a high-profile boycott campaign.

The Irish government agreed to introduce it in 2012 as part of a deal with the EU and the International Monetary Fund - from which it secured an €85 billion loan in 2010.

But it has been unpopular from the very beginning for its across-the-board nature: the same levy is applied both to rich and poor households.

[link to euobserver.com]
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Yeah, make up a new rule to legalise stealing $130,- more from the peasants, what else is new.
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Socialists always want someone else to pay.
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the problem in UK...they have a tax on just about everything...and it is getting opprresive....government paying for all kinds of programs and can't afford it...
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Socialists always want someone else to pay.
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Ironic when they are the ones revolting though...
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bump
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Government threats to withdraw public services where the household charge is not paid are an outrageous attack on the poor, it has been claimed.

[link to www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk]
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the problem in UK...they have a tax on just about everything...and it is getting opprresive....government paying for all kinds of programs and can't afford it...
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this is Ireland tho.

carry on.
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the problem in UK...they have a tax on just about everything...and it is getting opprresive....government paying for all kinds of programs and can't afford it...
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this is Ireland tho.

carry on.
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yeah...but it relates...ireland, great britian, scotland all are having problems because their societies are so interwined with each other...if one has severe problems they all do....
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Debt-mired Ireland is facing a revolt over its new property tax.

The government said less than half of the country's 1.6 million households paid the charge by Saturday's deadline to avoid penalties. And about 5,000 marched in protest against the annual conference of Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party.

Emotions ran raw as police backed by officers on horseback stopped demonstrators from entering the Dublin Convention Centre. Many protesters booed and heckled passers-by who were wearing Fine Gael conference passes, some screaming vulgar insults in their faces.

Protesters jostled with police as they tried to block the way of Fine Gael activists using a back entrance. One man mistakenly identified as the government minister responsible for collecting the tax had to be rescued by police from an angry scrum.

Kenny said his government had no choice, but to impose the new charge as part of the nation's efforts to emerge from an international bailout. Ireland already has endured five emergency budgets in four years and expects to face at least four more years of austerity.

"The household charge is the law of the land," said Kenny, who noted that people were paying the tax over the Internet at a rate of 5,000 an hour Saturday.

...

The charge this year is a flat-fee €100 ($130) per dwelling, but is expected to rise dramatically next year once Ireland starts to vary the charge based on a property's estimated value. Anti-tax campaigners have urged the public to ignore the tax demand, arguing that the government doesn't have the power to collect it.

More at [link to abcnews.go.com]


'Tea Party socialists?' Why the left is leading a tax revolt in Ireland.

As the deadline passed midnight Sunday for payment of a new government fee, only 49 percent of households had signed up to pay amid frustration with the government's austerity agenda.

A majority of Irish households have refused to pay a new government fee in a tax revolt led, unusually, by socialists.


The Irish government levied the new tax in an attempt to shore up the country's finances that were devastated by economic collapse and a series of bank bailouts. But as the deadline passed midnight Sunday, only 49 percent of households had signed up to pay.

With no rioting and few protests, Ireland had been until now the quietest of the ravaged economies on the fringes of the European Union. However, the tax revolt reveals significant frustration here to budgetary reforms and foreshadows trouble ahead for the government's efforts to meet EU bailout demands.

More - [link to www.csmonitor.com]
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1 word. 'Iceland' They are already out of debt and well on their way.
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Re: Ireland Faces Popular Revolt Over New Property Tax - Tea Party Socialists? Why the left is leading a tax revolt in Ireland
the problem in UK...they have a tax on just about everything...and it is getting opprresive....government paying for all kinds of programs and can't afford it...
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This is Eire (Southern Ireland) not part of the UK
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Re: Ireland Faces Popular Revolt Over New Property Tax - Tea Party Socialists? Why the left is leading a tax revolt in Ireland
It's always about how to raise more revenue, never about living within their means or what the role of government should be.

It's the same everywhere.......just give us more and shut-up.

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