Scrap VAT on first-time house purchases, demands Grealish

Tue, Sep 18, 2018

Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish

Scrapping VAT for first time buyers could slash "almost €40,000 off the price of a new house in Galway", and be a positive move to help young couples secure a home.

This is the view of Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish. He made this call as part of a pre-Budget submission to the Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohue. He said that while the Government was "putting great store in the potential" of the newly announced Land Development Agency to increase the availability of new housing stock, any benefits from this approach will all be in the longer term.

Dep Grealish said "something radical" must be done "right now" to help those struggling to get on the property market. He noted how, when tourism was struggling at the height of the economic collapse, the then government acted quickly, reducing VAT from 13.5 per cent to nine per cent. “Taking the same step in relation to first time buyers of new houses," he said, "but going a step further by reducing the VAT payable to nil for a limited period, would make a real impact."


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