Taxes Reach Highest Point Ever in Ireland

January 5, 2017 Taxation in Ireland

Tax collections in IrelandDUBLIN – An unprecedented level of tax collection in Ireland are paving the way for the government to enact tax cuts and spending increases.

The latest Exchequer Returns of Ireland released on January 4th have shown that in 2016 Irish tax authorities collected more tax revenues than in any other year on record.

The total of taxes collected over the course of the year reached a total of EUR 47.86 billion, an increase of 5 percent compared to the total collected in 2015, when collections were EUR 2.3 billion lower.

Along with being the highest collected amount, the revenue total was also EUR 639 higher than forecast by the Exchequer, an amount approximately equivalent to 1.4 percent above forecast.

The Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that the increased tax revenue levels allowed the government to cover its raised spending seen in 2016, while also granting the government enough room for manoeuvre in order to implement the tax cuts it had previously announced in 2015.

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