A Ballinrobe councillor is calling on the government to introduce a new tax band to help middle income earners.

Fine Gael councillor Michael Burke wrote to the Tanaiste today calling for income over the standard rate cut-off point of €36,800 to be taxed at 25% up to €50,000, replacing the current rate of 40%.

He says people earning average wages are not on high incomes and is fundamentally wrong to have a situation where a person earning €40,000 per year is taxed at the same rate as someone earning €250,000 per year.

Currently Ireland generates the seventh highest proportion of revenue through taxation on individuals in the OECD with almost a third of the country's tax revenue being generated via personal income taxes.

Councillor Burke has been outlining his proposal to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley..

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