The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT) has said that Mick Wallace TD was wrong to make a false VAT declaration and has condemned attempts by some politicians and sections of the media to discredit those refusing to pay the household tax by linking the two issues.
Mick Wallace took VAT from people buying apartments and failed to pay it over to the Revenue Commissioners. That is wrong. However, there is no connection between that and the non-payment of the household tax by over 900,000 households, and attempts by some politicians and sections of the media to make such a connection are mischevious.
People have made a principled decision to oppose the household tax, and will also oppose the forthcoming water and property taxes because they care about the issue of taxation justice. The wealthy in Ireland always find ways to avoid paying their share of taxation. Ordinary workers, the unemployed and their families have taken a stand against the household tax because it is an unjust and unfair tax and because they want to make a stand against the austerity agenda.
The two million people who have taken this stance are people of principle and do not deserve to have their names blackened by being referred to as tax cheats. The government should however take note that there is a steely determination among non-payers to resist threats from government and attempts to bully them into paying the household tax.