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Social Justice Ireland Produced both  Budget Choices Document 2010 and a Budget Analysis and Crtique Document 2010. 

Budget Choices Document 2010 can be downloaded here

Budget Analysis and Crtique Document 2010 can be downloaded here

Government published its Pre-Budget Outlook on November 12, 2009.  According to the Minister for Finance, Brian Linehan TD, "The Government’s planned €4 billion adjustment to the public finances in the forthcoming Budget is forecast to result in the General Government Balance stabilising at -12 per cent of GDP next year."

Ireland is currently facing a series of inter-related crises i.e.: banking (property bubble collapse and little lending to small and medium-sized businesses); fiscal; economic (competitiveness and job losses); social (income loss, services being cut back as demand rises); reputational.
Framing a Response 
 

Producing a fair budget and working for a fairer future requires that Ireland stop benchmarking itself with Romania, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

The 2010 Budget represents a futher step in the process of getting Irish 
fiscal policy back onto a sustainable path. This process started with the 
2009 Budget published in October 2008, and continued, inter alia, with the 
The 2010 Budget represents a futher step in the process of getting Irish 
fiscal policy back onto a sustainable path. This process started with the 
2009 Budget published in October 2008, and continued, inter alia, with the 
Supplementary Budget in April this year.
 
Over recent months, the global economy has begun to show some signs of recovery and there is growing 
evidence that the worst may be over in terms of the domestic downturn. 
 
Budget 2010 as Ireland's total tax-take plummets towards a record low.  As Ireland faces a range of interrelated crises and Government prepares its Budget for 2010 it is important to realise that:
 
·        Ireland is not a poor country;
·        Ireland’s total tax-take is one of the lowest in the developed world and continues to fall as a percentage of GDP;
·        15.8% of people are at risk of poverty with incomes below €12,000 for a single person or €28,000 for a family of four;

Given the huge fall in the Government’s tax-take and the substantial Budget deficit there are stark choices to be made if this situation is to be reversed in 2010. Much of the public discussion has focused on cuts in public expenditure with the options outlined in the McCarthy Report (Bord Snip Nua) being taken by many as the menu from which Government must choose. This of course misrepresents the situation as the overall tax-take is a key issue that also needs to be addressed. The Report of the Commission on Taxation provides an opportunity for Government to move towards developing a fairer tax system and thereby raising the overall tax take as a percentage of GDP.

Establishment and terms of reference
The Commission was established on 14 February 2008 to review the structure, efficiency and 
appropriateness of the Irish taxation system and with the intention that our work would help establish the 
framework within which tax policy would be set for the next decade at least. 
Our terms of reference are far-reaching. We were asked to have regard to the commitments on economic 
competitiveness and on taxation contained in the Programme for Government, in particular the four 

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