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Labour TD for Galway East, Colm Keaveney Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Keaveney concerned about proposals to collect property tax via PAYE

The Labour party chairman has raised concerns over suggestions that the new tax could be deducted directly from PAYE workers’ pay packets – saying these type of workers are unlikely to own multiple properties.

LABOUR PARTY CHAIRMAN Colm Keaveney has raised concerns over suggestions that the new property tax could be deducted directly from PAYE workers’ pay packets.

The Galway East TD stressed the need for any tax replacing the contentious household charge to be fair – adding that the majority of PAYE workers are unlikely to be multiple-property owners.

Speaking on Newstalk’s Breakfast programme this morning, Keaveney said it was “premature” to be focusing on a methodology for collecting the take-in of revenue at the moment, when the central issue should currently be on an individual’s ability to pay.

He said “a lot of confusion” still remained about the household charge, and that policy-makers should put their energy into getting the support of society.

Kevaveney also spoke on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme and reiterated his view that a broadening of the revenue base was critical.

“We need to explore every avenue,” he said, “but we need to frontload the message that it is fair”.

Read: Dáil to vote on Bill to repeal Household Charge

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