Postcodes: a prelude to property tax

I think that the introduction of postcodes will usher in the foundation for property tax, and that the gains to be had from postal efficiency are not at the heart of the move toward a comprehensive postcode system.

Just to give the background to this post, the Sunday Tribune reported:

Residents in Dublin’s coveted D4 addresses have only two years left until their exclusive postcode is renamed by the Department of Communications, as plans for the new postcode system are finalised by Minister Eamon Ryan. The department plans to issue tenders for the system by Easter, but a delay has meant the code will not be in place until the end of 2011, and not early next year as planned.

Under the new coding system, areas such as Dublin 4 and Dublin 6 will be renamed under a new six-digit system, such as D04123 and D06123. However Labour’s spokeswoman for Communications, Energy and Natural Re¬≠sources, Liz McManus, said the latest estimates for the new system …

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Vlog on the Irish Economy – Ronan Lyons & Karl Deeter

I met up with Ronan Lyons (economist with Daft.ie) to talk about the ideas of property tax in Ireland, how it might be a fairer way to tax people than stamp duty, or indeed the abscence of property tax [because it rewards/doesn’t tax holding certain assets]. The discussion spread to other ideas in taxation, and eventually we made some predictions (I can already say they are bound to be wrong!) and then we took to the streets and asked Joe Public about their thoughts on the economy and whether or not they had any hope for the future.

If you want to watch the full conversation you can check out the playlist on youtube.

Ronan writes a very interesting blog, you can check it out at http://www.ronanlyons.com what I personally like best about Ronan (other than his affable good nature) is the unique take he has on many topics on Irish Propert (a subject I am very fond of), by utilising the daft database he is …

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