The Irish National Teachers Organisation’s Roscommon-Galway District CEC Representative, Tommy Greally, has strongly criticised plans by the Revenue Commissioners to remove the teacher's tax relief on expenses.
Speaking at an INTO District 6 meeting this week Greally explained: “INTO is engaging with revenue in regard to the teachers’ flat rate expenses allowance. The INTO was asked, and has provided, a detailed submission on the relevance and use of this allowance. INTO expects Revenue to fully consider that submission, prepared in good faith that it might receive a fair assessment, before proceeding to change policy.
“This allowance has been revisited many times by Revenue in the past. In all those assessments, the allowance was found to have an ongoing relevance and there is no reason to believe that this has changed. The ongoing cuts to school funding, still 5% lower than OECD levels, makes such allowances all the more critical for teachers.”
“I firmly believe that these out of pocket expenses compensate individual teachers for the many out of pocket expenses which they typically incur and for which they do not receive a reimbursement.”
In conclusion, he stated “I know that ending the allowance will wipe out any gain from the recent Budget. This latest move comes despite Fine Gael promising more tax cuts for workers.”
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