Nat O’Connor, Tasc’s research director, said cutting VAT by 1 per cent - at a cost to the exchequer of €350 million - would help to kick-start the economy by boosting domestic consumption and the spending power of lower income households in particular.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Government should lower VAT rather than income tax in the budget next week if it wants to give something back to the public in an equitable and su(...)

Tasc research director Nat O’Connor: said inequitable tax cuts for high earners would undermine health, social housing and other vital public services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Think tank Tasc has said the vast majority of people would benefit more from maintaining and boosting public services than from cutting the higher rat(...)

Dr Tom McDonnell, economist at TASC.

Adjustments in the upcoming budget should not exceed €2.7 billion, as opposed to the €3.1 billion adjustment set out under Ireland’s troika agreements(...)