Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (130)

Michael Healy-Rae


130. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Finance if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding general practitioner infrastructure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39811/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

My Department has in place published guidelines for the evaluation of potential tax expenditures in October 2014 (http://budget.gov.ie/Budgets/2015/Documents/Tax_Expenditures_Oct14.pdf).  Drawing on economic evidence, these make clear that it is important that any policy proposal which involves tax expenditures should only occur in limited circumstances where there are demonstrable market failures and where a tax-based incentive is more efficient than a direct expenditure intervention.  

An examination from a tax policy perspective of the issues mentioned by the Deputy in current circumstances has yet to be carried out by my Department.