Thursday, 30 May 2013

Ceisteanna (68)

Éamon Ó Cuív


68. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Finance the reason farmers were granted a carbon tax relief on diesel, but that this rebate is not available to agricultural contractors, thus putting them at a financial disadvantage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26370/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I assume that the Deputy’s question relates to the double deduction for carbon tax on farm diesel which I provided for in Finance Act 2012. Under this provision, farmers are allowed a deduction in computing their farming profits or losses for the amount of additional carbon tax they incur on purchases of marked gas oil following the €5 per tonne increase in the rate of carbon tax on certain fuels from 1 May 2012. This was provided in the context of a commitment in the Programme for Government.