Ireland: Tax Docked From Wages Of TDs Who Didn't Pay
05 November 2013
Posted by: Author: Michael Brennan
Author: Michael Brennan (Irish Independent)
THE Revenue has docked the Dail salaries of opposition TDs who refused to pay the property tax.
It represents a change from the anti-household charge campaign, when
the local authorities had no powers to recover any money from TDs who
publicly refused to pay it.
The Revenue has now used its powers to dock property tax from the wages of some of the most prominent opponents of the tax.
They include Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins, Independent TD Joan Collins and Independent TD Thomas Pringle.
Tipperary South TD Seamus Healy confirmed that Revenue had also docked
his TD's salary to recover the property tax - after he refused to pay
The Revenue had identified the homes of the TDs concerned and sent
them letters demanding payment of the tax and warning that deductions
would be would be made from their annual €87,000 Dail salaries.
Dublin South Central TD Joan Collins said that the Revenue had started
docking her Dail salary last September in relation to the property tax
on her home in Inchicore, Dublin.
"They wrote to me saying they were going to take it out in equal instalments until the end of the year," she said.
However, she said the Revenue had not pursued her for the household charge, which she also had not paid in protest.
"I'd say it will take a little bit of time for them to follow that up," she said.
Party leader Joe Higgins confirmed that his wages had also been
deducted for non-payment of the property tax using the Revenue's
This article first appeared in independent.ie.