Archive for Smart Taxes Network Documents

New book from Smart Taxes: The Fair Tax – supported by history, agreed by economists, feared by the 1%

Sep 17, 2012 Comments Off by
Ireland is unusual among industrialised countries in that it has no property tax. But that is about to change - and the type of property tax that is brought in will be crucial to Ireland's future. This new book from the Smart Taxes Network and Feasta explains how a poorly-designed property tax could bring about a second massive transfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1%. A Site Value Tax would be vastly preferable, and the book convincingly shows how easy it would be to assess and implement.
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Philadelphians are smart enough to understand a land value tax…

May 05, 2012 Comments Off by
Professor Frank Convery believes that Irish people will never accept land value taxation even though it is the best kind of property tax:  and he knows it is because he participated in the EEA conference of environmental taxation in Dublin 2010, which showcased site value tax as an ‘environmental tax’.  Maybe he thinks Irish people are too thick to get the message of what is in their interest.  It might help if they were actually given the information and offered the choice, don’t you think?
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Smart Taxes Submission to Irish Property Tax Expert Group

Mar 20, 2012 Comments Off by
Smart Taxes made the submission to the special Expert Group set up to deliver a Property Tax for Ireland. It is by no means a done deal that we will get a Site Value Tax for Ireland, but it is looking more and more likely. Lets allow ourselves to hope that one lasting and transformative 'good thing' comes out of the financial and fiscal debacle.
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Ronan Lyons Report on Site Value Tax now available

Jan 31, 2012 Comments Off 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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2012 Jobs Programme : Smart Taxes Network Budget Submission

Nov 08, 2011 Comments Off by
The Irish economy needs stimulus and the most effective way to do this is to implement an immediate jobs program backed by newly issued, low-yield tax-backed Jobs Bonds. This will provide the financing necessary for such a program without adding to Ireland’s already substantial interest burden. [...]
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Site Value Tax Brochure – Read Online

Aug 16, 2011 Comments Off 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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A Green Job Guarantee For Ireland

Jun 11, 2011 Comments Off by
What would happen if, instead of the European Central Bank providing liquidity to private banks in order to ward off financial collapse, it provided funding to mobilise a green workforce to tackle urgent environmental challenges? The salaries would effectively transfuse local economies and the scheme has precedence in the Common Agricutural Policy which already pays farmers to protect the environment. This Irish adaptation of the Job Guarantee developed by Modern Monetary theorists in the US is proposed by Emer O'Siochru in an article on the Smart Taxes Network website.
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Environmental Tax Reform Conference Videos

May 26, 2011 Comments Off
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
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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Site Value Tax: taxation for a sustainable society

May 11, 2011 Comments Off
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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Letter to Simon Coveney on de minimis aid increases

May 09, 2011 Comments Off
Smart Taxes, along with Coastwatch and the Irish Seal Sanctuary, has submitted a letter of enquiry to Minister Simon Coveney of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, regarding Jim Higgins MEP’s call for an increase in de minimis financial assistance for fisheries.
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Smart Taxes releases fisheries report

May 03, 2011 Comments Off
Smart Taxes has concluded its research report on fisheries conservation. The report, conducted by Edward Fahy, recommends that the lower rate of excise duty taxation for marine diesel be removed when vessels fish in recovery zones with active gear.
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Report: Implementation of Site Value Tax in Ireland

Jul 22, 2010 Comments Off

The Smart Taxes Network has just submitted an Implementation Paper to the Irish Government which aims to provide policymakers with guidance on the implementation of Site Value Tax in Ireland, assessing actual and possible obstacles, and providing solutions. You can read a summary and download the full report here.…

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