The main tax and spending changes in the Budget
on 15/10/2013 15:38:35
Among the incentives are efforts to cut down on the black economy, cut dole payments for under-25s and keep tourism related business on lower VAT rates.
Mr Kenny said it was a budget for the future of Ireland and for the Irish people.
* No increases in income tax or the Universal Social Charge, or excise duty on petrol diesel or on home heating oil and gas, or the three special VAT rates of 9%, 13.5% or 23%.
* A packet of cigarettes is up 10 cents to about €9.50 for the premium brands from midnight.
* At the same time a pint of beer or cider and a measure of spirits is up by 10 cents.
* And a bottle of wine is to increase by 50 cents - a €1.50 increase since 2012.
* Savers suffer as the Dirt tax - paid on the interest earned on bank accounts - increases from 33% to 41%.
* A new home renovation incentive is being launched - tax relief for refurbishing a house over the next two years.
* Free GP care to all under-fives.
* New levy on domestic banks to force them to contribute €150m to the State.
* The air travel tax - roundly attacked by the aviation industry and airlines - will end in April next year.
* The special 9% VAT rate for tourism business is to be retained.
* All lump sum payments to survivors of the Magdalene laundries are to be tax exempt.
* One-parent family tax credit to be replaced with a new single person child carer tax credit - it will be to the same value but available to only the principal carer of a child.