7.5% off-sales tax would put sector “out of business overnight”
Not surprisingly, the National Off-Licence Association has come out against any additional taxes being imposed on the independent off-licence sector.
20 March 2013
In responding to a recent Fianna Fail call to introduce a 7.5% tax on off-sales, NOffLA Chairperson Evelyn Jones stated, “NOffLA strongly opposes any additional taxes being imposed on the independent off-licence sector.
"This move has the potential to put the independent off-licence sector, which is already a fragile and vulnerable sector, out of business overnight. There is absolutely no way that the independent sector could sustain such a tax.
"In Fianna Fáil’s pre-budget submission, they also called for a 10% tax to be introduced on off-licences. This is an extremely ill-thought-out proposal with little consideration as to the impact or consequences it would have on countless small businesses across Ireland. This move would lead to significant job losses.
"There has been a significant shift in alcohol sales to the off-trade” she added, “however this has not benefited the independent off-licence sector. In the last four years, we’ve lost almost 3,000 jobs in this sector and witnessed 80 business closures. There have been three closures since January 2013 alone and we expect another 20 to 30 to close next year."
Fianna Fail had proposed the levy to help fund an increase in the budget for suicide prevention from €7 million to €8.5 million.