The main findings are that:
- Irish employees pay an average of 26% of their wages or salaries in taxes and other deductions, and would on average be willing to see this rise to 29%.
- However, almost half (49%) of all employees feel that their deductions are ‘too high’ already, and only one worker in fifty thinks that their deductions are too low.
- Just over half (53%) of all adults (including employees and those not in employment) feel that they pay more than their fair share of taxes right now.
- Over six in ten (63%) feel that people on low incomes should not have to pay income tax.
- Only one in four thinks that we have a fair tax system in Ireland.
- Only one in ten trusts the Government to spend taxpayers’ money wisely.
- However, one in three adults thinks that the Government should introduce a property tax to fund local authorities.
So will the next twelve months (or four years for that matter) see the emergence of an Irish tea party? On the present evidence I don't think so. But there will undoubtedly be a growing constituency for a political party that looks out for the interests of taxpayers. Today's reluctant consensus on the need to raise taxes is unlikely to long survive the reality of continually rising taxes in the years ahead.