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Exempt Family Homes from Irish LPT(Local Property Tax)

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As part of Budget 2013 a Fine Gael/Labour Irish Government introduced a regressive and punitive form of taxation known as LPT(Local Property Tax). LPT(Local Property Tax) takes no account of ability to pay, nor does it take any account of millions of euro already paid in Stamp Duty Property Taxes by Family Home Purchasers/Owners. LPT (Local Property Tax) was introduced on top of existing taxation which was already going from central funds to Local Councils/Corporations despite the fact that said Councils/Corporations have been divesting themselves of many local services which they had traditionally provided e.g. waste collection etc. Such services have been hived off to private business who now charge households in addition to the un-reduced taxes which continue to be paid, for the very same services. LPT (Local Property Tax) is simply a re-introduction of Domestic Rates, a much discredited form of punitive taxation from pre 1970s, which due to sustained political pressure, was eventually removed from the statute books. LPT (Local Property Tax) on Family Homes is MORALLY WRONG. The aforementioned being a statement on public record from our present Taoiseach long before he came into office. If such a tax on Family Homes was MORALLY WRONG before the present Taoiseach came into office then it is still MORALLY WRONG. The bad law LPT(Local Property Tax) on Family Homes urgently needs to be repealed. For this reason you are now being asked to lend your support by signing this petition and introducing it to others. Based on experience with the Domestic Rates abolition campaign, which eventually saw that bad law consigned to the trash can, it may take some time to see the back of the current bad law LPT(Local Property Tax) on Family Homes. We have to make a start  somewhere. So, will you help please add your voice? 


Frank Lennon


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