We have to raise taxes. We can't emulate Berlin using Boston's high-cut method

Colm Rapple
October 2012
Mail on Sunday;10/28/2012, p87
Raising our tax burden to British levels would generate almost �12bn in extra revenue for the State according to figures released by the OECD this week. Based on 2010 returns, they confirm that we are still a lowtaxed country. The Government took only 28.2% of national income (GDP) in taxes and social insurance contributions in 2010. That compares with 35.5% in Britain, 37.1% in Germany and a massive 44.2% in France.


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