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Our Taxes are far too low for Our Expectations of Public Services

  • 10-08-2022 10:57pm
    Registered Users Posts: 161 ✭✭Housing99

    You cannot have European Social Democratic Services (free health, free college, mass social housing, public transport on that level, big state pensions etc) with Irish taxes. I want us to have a European social democratic system, and the parties arguing for a centre left state (basically everyone but FF and FG) are lying and being nothing but populist without being honest about this. Water charges is a great example, we decided to underfund our water services to avoid paying for it as a community. Thats not a left wing policy, its Trumpian.

    Please educate yourselves on how low taxes are in Ireland and how we have inferior services as a result

    Even with USC a person on 30,000 in Ireland pays 5000 less in tax a year than a German on the same income. I’m talking about take home pay

    We are, with the exception of Switzerland, the lowest tax country in Western Europe

    Someone on 30,000 in Belgium takes home €22,147 after all taxes

    In Germany they take home €20,787

    In Ireland they take home €25,683

    On 40,000 Germany take home pay is €26,457

    In Belgium it’s €26,926

    In Ireland it’s €32,073

    Our taxes including usc etc are so low someone on €30,000 in Ireland comes out with pretty much the same as someone on €40,000 in Germany

    Under Bertie’s FF govt we cut taxes down to the bone