Tuesday, 19 April 1977
Dáil Eireann Debate
Minister for Finance (Mr. R. Ryan): Total taxation, which is customarily defined as in the national accounts, comprises taxes on income, including social insurance contributions, taxes on expenditure, including rates, taxes on capital and EEC taxes.
Criteria for dividing taxes into direct and indirect may conflict. However, taking taxes on income and taxes on capital as direct taxation and taxes on expenditure and EEC taxes as indirect taxation, the percentages for 1976 were as follows: Direct, 44 per cent; Indirect, 56 per cent.
Dr. O'Connell: asked the Minister for Finance the percentage of total income taxation contributed by the following categories in 1976: (a) Schedule E taxpayers (b) Schedule D taxpayers (self-employed, other than companies) (c) companies and (d) farmers.
*It is not possible at this stage to give a breakdown of the tax paid by companies and other Schedule D taxpayers in 1976. The only information available regarding income taxes paid by companies is the estimated amount paid on their undistributed profits, as compiled for inclusion in the national accounts. This information for 1976 is not yet available.
Minister for Finance (Mr. R. Ryan): It is not possible to give a breakdown of the cost of some of the tax reliefs between companies and self-employed individuals. It is estimated that the cost for 1976-77 of the reliefs available to both companies and individuals in respect of (a) stock relief and (b) capital allowances was about £28 million.
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