Ireland and Europe's FTT Proposal

Posted on August 26, 2013 by Micheál Collins

In the context of the recent international financial crisis, one principally derived from the reckless speculative behaviour of numerous banking and financial corporations, the long-term hesitancy towards a financial transactions tax (FTT) tax has begun to thaw.

Most recently the European Commission and Parliament have set in train a process to see a FTT introduced in a number of EU countries from 2014. The European proposal is far-reaching and will be difficult to avoid for financial institutions who wish to remain active in the implementing states or to trade EU issued financial assets. To date Ireland has been unwilling to support the FTT proposal. An EU wide FTT would give a net tax gain of between €300-550m per annum for Ireland. The gains are likely to be smaller, but positive, if Ireland but not the UK adopts the FTT.

My latest NERI Research inBrief entitled 'Time for Tobin: Ireland and the European Financial Transactions Tax Proposal' outlines the details of the European proposal and argues that Ireland has much to gain from an EU-wide FTT and should adopt a more assertive position in campaigning for it.

The document is available here.

A presentation on the FTT proposal, delivered to the ICTU Global Solidarity Summer School in August 2013, is available here.

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