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‘HANDS OFF OUR TAXES’ Ireland will NOT allow Juncker’s ‘dictatorship’ vows Irish MP

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has been branded a dictator by an Irish politician, who also warned the European Union (EU) to keep their “hands off” his country’s tax system.

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Michael Fitzmaurice has sent a tax warning to ‘dictator’ Jean-Claude Juncker


Michael Fitzmaurice said Brussels had no right to interfere with the Republic of ’s corporate tax rates, which Dublin keeps at among the lowest in the EU in order to attract investors.The EU has long opposed the 12.5 per cent rate and is actively pushing for a bloc-wide tax harmonisation scheme which would put all states on a level playing field.

Mr Fitzmaurice, an independent Teachta Dála (or TD – Irish MP), has furiously hit out at the EU – which he described as a “dictatorship” run by Mr Juncker.

The TD for Roscommon and South Leitrim urged Dublin to fight against any efforts to change the rate and sent a direct threat to the EU, warning them to keep their “hands off”.

He said: “Jean-Claude Juncker is an unelected bureaucrat and under no circumstances should he be allowed to dictate what should happen with regard to tax rates in Ireland or anywhere else for that matter.“It is time that our Government stood up to the EU and Mr Juncker and show their total opposition to this type of dictatorship.“Our blunt message to Mr Juncker and the EU is we won’t put up with dictatorship – and hands off our tax rates.”

He said Ireland relies on the low taxes to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and called on the EU to support the country – especially after the harsh austerity measures introduced after the post-banking collapse bailout.

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Michael Fitzmaurice told the EU ‘hands off’ Ireland’s taxes


The politician said: “Ireland is a small island nation and our corporation tax rates are one of the main reasons why FDI comes into the country to aid the economy.“Control over our own tax affairs is central to our economic policy and should not be tampered with in any way by the EU.“The simple facts of the matter are that if our corporation tax rates are brought to the same level as exist in countries like Germany and others then we can forget about FDI into this country.

“A lot of people might not like to admit that but it is true.”

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Jean-Claude Juncker was accused of being a dictator by Michael Fitzmaurice


Mr Fitzmaurice is never far from the headlines and frequently condemns the EU – and Mr Juncker in particular.He told Express.co.uk this summer Brussels was acting like a “master at school putting manners on a child” and needed to wake up to the issues permeating the bloc.He said Britain and any other states who had disagreements with the union were alienated rather than talked to.

Mr Fitzmaurice said: “It’s like if you’re not involved in this big family, you’re the black sheep. I don’t believe that. I would be sceptical of the way EU is going.”

Vanessa Mock, the Commission’s spokesperson for taxation and the customs union, said: “When it comes to taxation, tax rates are an area of national sovereignty and the Commission has no intention of interfering with that. Neither do we plan to propose a harmonisation of corporate tax rates.“What is needed however is to create more transparency around each Member State’s tax system and effective rates.

“This means fairer tax competition – no hidden rulings or special regimes – and a level-playing field for all businesses in the Single Market.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/860028/european-union-tax-harmonisation-ireland-corporate-tax-michael-fitzmaurice

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