Irish Citizens Abroad – Taxation Without Representation?

Ireland is introducing a property tax in 2013, and the setting of rates and how the revenue is spent will be under the control of elected representatives. The new income will be allocated to the provision of local services and it’s anticipated that the property owner will be responsible for payment.

The question: will Irish citizens who have emigrated, but still own property in Ireland, be exempt?

If not, presumably we’ll be imposing a system of ‘taxation without representation’ on Irish citizens.

No Taxation Without Representation

Historically this has always been somewhat contentious. Originating during the 1750s and 60s, taxation without representation was one of the major causes of the American Revolution, and later in the early 1900s was one of the core issues behind the the Women’s Tax Resistance League in Britain.

The Irish conundrum: can ‘taxation without representation‘ and ‘no representation without taxation‘ co-exist in a democracy, or are they mutually exclusive? Hmmm…


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