Friday, February 13, 2015
In Ireland a Pack of Cigarettes is €10
The price increase came into effect last fall.
However, workers earning less than €12,000 are exempt from the Universal Service Charge under other plans which were announced by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.
The new move was expected to boost lower and middle income earners.
Informed sources said that the only tax hike planned was the price of a packet of cigarettes as the Government attempted to put a few extra euro into the pockets of hard pressed families.
Therefore there was be no alcohol tax increases.
In these conditions people are asking "Where to buy cigarettes?" Well, today there are cheaper in online stores rather than in regular ones.
The total cost of Budget 2015, including tax measures and spending, is €800m to €900m.
A range of other measure have already been leaked including a drop in the top level of taxation from 41pc to 40pc.
The budget also includes plans for more teachers and gardai while there will also be tax relief on the water charges.
A sweetener for the ‘grey vote’ is also on the cards including €100 off water bills for most pensioners.
The Government is expected to announce a three-year road map for the first time today.