Contrary to what the Revenue Commissioners and the “Reckless, Macho and Chaotic,” Environment Minister Phil Hogan has stated, (Latter words are from the lips of Eamon Gilmore and God forbid that I should ever be accused of making such utterances.) it has emerged that only around 25% of home owners have filed their returns for the Local Property Tax (LPT). This is despite having until only close of business today to post the same returns.
Those who opt to file returns ‘Online,’ will still have until May 28th to complete same electronically. However only around 420,000 of the 1.66 million liable households or approximately one in four, have informed Revenue of how much they owe. Many others returns still remain not issued as yet and thousand more households have still to be even identified. Third level students who received incorrect demands and who own no property in the state are unlikely to even bother replying as they head for foreign parts.
Revenue’s Property Tax Manager Vivienne Dempsey, has stated that if the LPT Returns are postmarked ‘Tuesday 7/5/2013,’ Revenue will actually accept the return as having been received on time.
Obviously, from her remarks some of the people that are currently left employed in the Revenue LPT branch, and the 100 extra which are to be employed via the permission granted to break the public sector jobs embargo, together with outside contractors, are to be issued with magnifying glasses, when the problem of badly inked franking machine pads, in rural post offices, raises its ugly head in Limerick tomorrow.
Remember of course that the Revenue public officials requesting these LPT Returns are the same people who benefit from Protected Employment, Generous Sick Leave, Long Service Increments, Guaranteed Pensions and Workplace Flexibility. Together with their Unions and Staff Associations these same persons have clearly demonstrated, in recent weeks, that they, and they alone, and not the present government, actually legislate for these “Three Green Fields,” of this so called free republic, so recently invaded by Germany, in a bloodless coup.
One wonders will these same Senior Revenue Auditors, working on these LPT Returns, now receive the same generous gifts previously doled out, following their hard work investigating the infamous Bogus Non-Resident Account scams some years back. These same generous tax free gifts were given on production of a prepaid receipt for items such as foreign holidays and other trinkets and were ever so quietly palmed into the pockets of these auditors, without the full knowledge and consent of Irish taxpayers.
Bogus Non-Resident Account scams you will remember were promoted by smiling Bank Officials, in order to allow, through non-existent foreign addresses, rich customers to pay no tax, while also permitting Banks to pay low rates of interest on the poor man’s deposit account, and all at the expense of the Irish exchequer and those dependant on its generosity.
What I now fail to understand is how these same smiling, banking Gombeens, (Latter word is a pejorative term used here in Ireland for a shady, small-time “Quick Buck Merchant.” ) then proven to be dishonest through their assistance to customers in evading tax, were never prosecuted, but instead allowed to continue trading as normal, eventually leaving the residents of this country lying face down in the muck, paying tax on home ownership.
As an educated nation we sure have a very short memory.
The lucky winner of this month’s ( May 2013 ) Thurles Credit Union cash draw was Mr John Norton, Foulkstown, Johnstown, Co Kilkenny.
Pictured here also at the presentation are L-R : Mrs Ann Norton ( John’s Wife ), Mr John Norton ( Winner ) and presenting the cheque, on behalf of Thurles Credit Union, Mr Michael Harty ( Marketing Officer, TCU ).
Congratulations also to the other four lucky TCU cash prize winners who are named as follows:-
(1) Mr Eugene Egan, Innisfallon Avenue, Thurles.
(2) Mr/Mrs Edward & Anne Spillane, Two Mile Borris, Thurles.
(3) M/s Anne Webster, Bohernamona, Thurles.
(4)Mr/Mrs Dermot & Mary Enright, 41 Childers Park, Thurles.
Our heartiest congratulations and continued good fortune to you all.
Over 30 business support Agencies and Organisations will be available on Tuesday May 14th next, to meet with any individuals thinking of starting or further developing a business.
Aptly named the ‘Who To Talk To,‘ Expo, this event will be held here in Thurles on Tuesday, May 14th, from 2 – 8 p.m. in the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre, LIT Campus, Nenagh Road Roundabout, Thurles.
This event is an initiative of the North Tipperary County Development Board and is designed to hopefully inspire and encourage individuals considering self employment while informing new and existing business promoters about supports available for business creation and further development.
The event will feature information stands, seminars, funding workshops and networking opportunities, with this year’s particular focus on the food sector.
If you are looking for business advice, grant aid or just exploring enterprise development opportunities or ideas, perhaps this is the place to be on May 14th next.
Remember the late fourteenth century French proverb: “Qui onques rien n’enprist riens n’achieva,” ( Latter Translates: “He who never undertook anything, never achieved anything,”) or “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
Admission to this event is FREE.
The Irish Government, through the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, have announced the release of €90 million in funding through the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.
Due to changes at European level, the approval of projects which were already in place under this programme had been halted, however the Government are now asking all Local Development Companies to authorise the issuing of contracts for projects which have the necessary approvals already in place & who are ready to proceed.
North Tipp Leader is to get €1.8 million while the South Tipperary Local Development Company has been allocated over €1.2 million.
Local Development Companies are being asked to strictly ensure that only the very best projects, likely to generate the highest impact, will be now put forward for this newly released European funding.
This money, spent correctly, should now facilitate access to sustainable employment opportunities for rural areas like Tipperary, thus supporting sustainable communities, while also enhancing rural economies for future business creation and development.
North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP) are just one of some 35 Local Development Companies who are contracted by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government to deliver LEADER elements of this rural development programme.
“It is morally wrong, unjust and unfair to tax a person’s home.” – Enda Kenny, 1994.
“We are going to face the electoral difficulties that the Labour Party now faces.” – Eamon Gilmore 2013.
“We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, …” – Irish Republic Proclamation.
Anti-Home Tax protests in Dublin & in Hayes Hotel Thurles, Tipperary.
The anti-Local Property Tax and austerity protest rally which gathered outside City Hall in Dublin city yesterday afternoon, must surely have shown Fine Gael and its weakest link, namely the Labour Party, the overall mood of the Irish electorate. Gardaí, whose figures are normally accurate for such protest marches, have estimated that at least 5,000 people took part.
The protesters were made up of Socialist Party and People Before Profit members joining with unions and anti-austerity groups, and was set to coincide with the meeting of EU Finance Ministers in Dublin Castle. Roads in the vicinity of Dublin Castle were cordoned off, as were all entrances to the Castle yard.
Speakers, using the more accurate description of “Home Tax,” instead of Local Property Tax, urged the assembled crowd not to pay and promised a National Campaign of Resistance.
The Revenue Commissioners claim that at least 60,000 home owners have made their property tax returns via 36,888 electronic returns and 23,068 paper files, however it is unlikely they are, as yet, fully aware of the true substance contained in each individual return. This percentage of tax returns submitted falls far short of the 1.2 million local property tax letters, covering more than 1.3 million properties, which have been issued through the Revenue’s online services. Thousands of demands for example have been issued to those who only rent and who own no property whatsoever in the Irish State currently.
While attendees at the Thurles Local Property Tax (LPT) information & protest meeting, organised Deputy Seamus Healy on Wednesday April 10th last in Hayes Hotel was small, (around 50 angry souls, mainly pensioners, did turn up), the fury here also was very evident. There were many calls to boycott government party local councillors, who would choose to stand in next year’s local elections. Others in attendance questioned the possibility of seeking legal advice.
One elderly lady stated that her home presently lacked any real comfort since she could no longer afford to heat it, now she must pay a tax on this same discomfort. All attending agreed fully on one topic for discussion, that this present government had no mandate from those who elected them to introduce a Local Property Tax on Irish citizens.
Speaking to pensioners after the meeting, some felt that after working all their lives, the present Labour party, in particular, were echoing the words of Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso, who stated to the elderly in his country earlier this year “hurry up and die,” to avoid an unnecessary drain on his country’s finances.
One elderly gentleman stated that Sean Quinn, Bernard McNamara and Sean Dunne had been allowed to run up debts of €3bn and the elderly were now expected to forward their pensions to these same people, as if they were worthy charitable institutions. There was much criticism of local politicians also, who it was claimed were failing to support any form of local initiative, to the betterment of rural Ireland and Tipperary.
In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” This tax must now be vigorously resisted by all citizens and not just by the elderly.