Government yet to decide on taxing Child Benefit

Monday 23 July 2012 10.37
Joan Burton suggested higher earners should pay tax on Child Benefit
Joan Burton suggested higher earners should pay tax on Child Benefit

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says no decision has been made to tax Child Benefit in December's Budget.

The comments came after Social Protection Minister Joan Burton suggested in a weekend newspaper interview that people earning over €100,000 should pay tax on any Child Benefit they receive.

Deputy Gilmore said the proposal has been around for some time, but as of yet, the Government has not ruled it in or out.

Earlier today, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he does not believe that the proposal would have any significant impact on the Budget.

Speaking on RTÉ radio, Mr Martin said not many people would quibble with the idea, but it suggested it was what he called "gesture politics".

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