Ireland Exclusive: Blow for struggling homeowners as mortgage interest relief to be cut in Budget

13:06  10 october  2017
13:06  10 october  2017 Source:   independent.ie

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Mortgage interest relief will be cut next year in a move that will affect about 300,000 homeowners . Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said it was stated in the Programme for Government, and confirmed in last year’s Budget , that it would be tapered out to 2020 for the remaining recipients.

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Stock photo © Provided by Irish Independent Stock photo Struggling homeowners are facing a major budget blow as Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe prepares to slash mortgage interest relief by 25pc.

The relief allows homeowners who bought during the boom years claim back tax on their mortgage interest payments.

Fianna Fail wanted the tax relief protected in the budget but conceded it would have to be reduced to pay for other measures.

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The tax relief will be reduced by 25pc every year for the next three years.  It is expected the reduction will save the State €50m next year.

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The change to mortgage interest relief was first announced in the 2015 emergency Budget , and at first it didn't seem to make a lot of sense. Sell properties that are no longer profitable. Attempt to cut costs to offset the extra tax you'll be paying.

Buy-to-let landlords face cuts in the amount of tax relief they can claim on mortgage interest The move is aimed at creating a "level playing field" between homeowners and investors, chancellor 'Major blow '. Nicholas Leeming, chairman of national estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff, said the

Mr Donohoe will also raise revenue for tax cuts and welfare payments by increasing the stamp duty on commercial property sales from 2pc to 6pc which will raise €400m. An increase tax on tech companies is expected to raise €150m.

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