Pandemic Unemployment Payment Will Be Subject To Income Tax

It's despite an effort from the opposition to overturn the government decision.

An Oireachtas committee is debating the Finance Bill which gives effect to the budget.

Parties had tried to argue the PUP was not taxable prior to August when the payment was put on a legal footing.

Sinn Féin's Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty says it's a move that will punish those who lost their jobs further:

"How many times as Finance Minister have you brought forward an amendment to the finance act that actually asked us to rewind back time and tax income in this way? Because by God you never did it for the vulture funds. By God, you didn't do it for the banks when they were carrying forward their losses."

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