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Written Answers - Tax Code

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 30.  Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  his plans to alleviate the burden of those involved in agriculture due to high fuel prices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7075/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The price of fuel and other input costs for farmers have risen in recent times. However, feed prices are likely to fall during 2012. Fuel prices are dependent on many factors, including exchange rates and international crises outside of Ireland’s control.

A double income tax deduction in respect of the increased cost from the change in carbon tax means that the effective difference in the excise duty paid by farmers on agricultural diesel compared to that on auto diesel remains largely unchanged. The excise duty on green diesel is significantly less than that on ordinary diesel and it is also subject to a lower rate of VAT. This is consistent with the commitment in the Programme for Government and will ensure that farmers’ costs are kept to a minimum.

Question No. 31 answered with Question No. 29.


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