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Ronan Lyons Report on Site Value Tax now available

Jan 31, 2012 Comments Off on Ronan Lyons Report on Site Value Tax now available by
Ronan Lyons's report on Site Value Tax in Ireland is available for download. The report assesses the obstacles to implementing SVT in Ireland and how these can be overcome. It also assesses the revenue potential of the tax and the distribution of land values in Ireland.
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Site Value Tax Brochure – Read Online

Aug 16, 2011 Comments Off on Site Value Tax Brochure – Read Online by

Site Value Tax is a tax policy proposed by Smart Taxes Network. It would be an annual charge on zoned land, based on its market value, which would fund government expenditure and encourage productive and sustainable investment. Smart Taxes have created this brochure to offer a clear and simple explanation of what the tax is, how it works and the benefits it offers.

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Sustainable settlement is Compact settlement

Jun 30, 2011 Comments Off on Sustainable settlement is Compact settlement by
One of the major advantages of Site Value Tax is that it is a powerful way of limiting urban sprawl and encouraging the intensive use of urban land. It’s good, then, to see compact settlement receiving attention as an aspect of sustainability. George Monbiot discusses it in his Guardian column today. [...]
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Irish elites are like Fredo from the Godfather

Jun 29, 2011 Comments Off on Irish elites are like Fredo from the Godfather by
Conor McCabe of Dublin Opinion and Irish Left Review has recently released a book, Sins of the Father: Tracing the decisions that shaped the Irish economy. It looks like an excellent economic history, which will explain how and why our economy, and our economic elites, developed as they did. [...]
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The flaw in the Monetary Union

Jun 21, 2011 Comments Off on The flaw in the Monetary Union by
Jurgen Habermas has an interesting article which has been reprinted in Social Europe. He assesses the problems of the Eurozone and their basis in the top-down administrative approach taken by European unification. The continued kicking of the economic can down the road is mirrored by the haphazard attitude to political integration.
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Videos of Lessons from the Crisis

Jun 08, 2011 Comments Off on Videos of Lessons from the Crisis by
The Lessons from the Crisis conference was a great success and we’re happy to put the videos online to share it with the world. The videos are arranged by session, morning session, pensions session and afternoon sessions.
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Environmental Tax Reform Conference Videos

May 26, 2011 Comments Off on Environmental Tax Reform Conference Videos by
Some very useful and interesting presentations on all aspects of Environmental Tax Reform. Smart Taxes contributed 3 sessions on Site Value Tax, with presentations from Stephen Reed, Constantin Gurdgiev and Fred Harrison.
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Presentations from Smart Taxes/Tasc Conference now online

May 26, 2011 Comments Off on Presentations from Smart Taxes/Tasc Conference now online
The presentations from the Smart Taxes/Tasc Conference are now online. The Conference was a big success, well attended, and achieved significant press coverage, thanks to the excellent work of Tasc.
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Maria Damanaki responds to de minimis vote

May 18, 2011 Comments Off on Maria Damanaki responds to de minimis vote
Last week the European Parliament comfortably passed a motion to call on the Commission to double the ceiling for de minimis aid to the fishing industry. 10 out of the 12 Irish MEPs voted in favour.
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David McWilliams endorsing MMT approach

May 17, 2011 Comments Off on David McWilliams endorsing MMT approach
David McWilliams met with our visiting MMT economists last week and was sufficiently impressed to devote a column to their ideas. We’re very happy that we’ve helped them get this much-deserved credit. [...]
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John O’Connor supports Land Value Tax

May 17, 2011 Comments Off on John O’Connor supports Land Value Tax
Outgoing head of An Bord Pleanala, John O’Connor, offered his support to Site Value Tax in his closing address to the Irish Planning Institute conference. [...]
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Irish Times covers MMT Conference

May 12, 2011 Comments Off on Irish Times covers MMT Conference
The Irish Times reported from the Smart Taxes/Tasc conference on Monday, leading with Stephanie Kelton’s call for Ireland to leave the Euro-zone.[...]
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Site Value Tax: taxation for a sustainable society

May 11, 2011 Comments Off on Site Value Tax: taxation for a sustainable society
The land market currently distorts our economy. Unlike investment into tools, machinery, computers, new factories and capital equipment, greater investment into landholdings creates no new wealth. An annual Site Value Tax on the value of zoned land would help build a sensible and realistic land market, encouraging landowners to develop and maintain their land or release it for sale. Smart Taxes has just released a brochure which provides a clear overview of how such a tax could be implemented in Ireland, as well as the improvements it would bring about.
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