THE GOVERNMENT HAS come under fire in recent days after ministers apparently refused to rule out increasing income tax in this year’s Budget.
Pat Rabbitte said he wanted no “red lines” in Cabinet discussions on how to make the necessary €3.5billion in savings, while Brendan Howlin also declined to rule certain areas out.
However, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted that a Programme for Government pledge to maintain income tax rates will be honoured.
Several groups have previously called for a new top rate of income tax for high earners as a way of raising extra revenue.
So what do you think? Should income tax be protected in the Budget?