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Tax Code.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 20 November 2008

Thursday, 20 November 2008

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

46 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her views on whether the 0.5% increase in VAT will affect consumer spending in any way in the next 12 months. [41952/08]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Enterprise)

The increase in the standard rate of VAT from 21% to 21.5% was announced by my colleague the Minister for Finance in his recent budget statement. Responsibility in relation to taxation matters, including VAT, lies with the Minister for Finance and I have no direct function in the matter.

As the Deputy is aware, consumer price inflation is easing, which will help real disposable income. Accordingly, it is not anticipated that there will be any considerable negative impact from the increase in VAT on consumer spending.

Question No. 47 answered with Question No. 44.
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