Housing is the biggest crisis facing Ireland in 2019 – this is according to 52% of Irish taxpayers who responded to the latest Taxpayer Sentiment Survey, conducted by Taxback.com.
The tax refund specialists asked 1,000 of their customers throughout the country for their views on the housing crisis and the tax changes that could be made to relieve the problem.
Over half of respondents believe that “housing” is the biggest crisis the country has to contend with, but a quarter say they think our “health crisis” is an even bigger issue. When asked if people would be willing to pay more in income tax to address the housing crisis and enable more local authority houses to be built – 59% of people said they would be unwilling to do so.
Speaking of the findings, Commercial Director at Taxback.com, Eileen Devereux said, "The results are telling – housing is an issue that has touched the nation – whether it’s the lack of afforable homes for the younger generation, or the homelessness debacle that is devastating families throughout the country, almost everyone has been affected in some way."
She added, "There are other issues that need Government’s attention of course, health being one of the biggest, and the impact of Brexit will also have a big mark on how this year plays out. However, it’s the housing crisis that the public really want action on."