Originally Posted by ART6
All this demonstrates is that the current government is just as good at cheating and lying as was the previous one. "If we are elected, no new taxes". "Oh, these are not taxes, they are charges."
They are all stealth TAXES. A household utility charge is a TAX. A pension funds levy is a TAX.
"Levy" is my new least favourite word. I am sick of flat rate this, that, and the other being foisted on all and sundry, regardless of the situation they are in or the fairness or equitability of the charge. All that these blunt instrument taxes and levies do is further marginalise the most marginalised people in society. They hit the people whose living standards have taken the biggest hit already the hardest, despite the fact that they usually had little or nothing to do with getting us in this situation in the first place.
I am no fan of new taxes, but let's face it, they are inevitable if the country is to survive, but if they are inevitable can't we do them in a fairer manner? Enough pussyfooting around and introducing new stealth taxes that aren't really taxes.
Stick a couple of percent on income tax across the board, bring in a tax band for higher earners, and have done with it.
Get more tax from the people who have more money, and less tax from the people who have less, and while you're at it, stop making excuses and tackle the inefficiency in the bloody public sector. Sort out the health service, root out the dole bludgers, and stop wasting money that taxpayers are literally going hungry over in order to pay you.