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IFA Pre-Budget Submissions

IFA develops an annual Pre-Budget Submission, which outlines issues relevant to agriculture and farm families, and identifies public expenditure and taxation adjustments required to improve the competitiveness and structure of the agriculture sector.

This report is submitted to the Minister for Finance and is used by IFA officers at national and local level to lobby Government and other elected representatives in advance of the Budget.

Read the 2019 Budget Submission here

Latest Pre-Budget Submission – Budget 2019

The IFA Pre-Budget Submission 2019 calls for expenditure measures to directly support farm incomes and taxation measures to tackle income volatility.

Expenditure & Taxation Priorities 

  • Provision of government-supported low-cost loans for farming enterprises, to fund both ongoing working capital requirements and on-farm investment
  • Targeted payment of €200 per suckler cow and an additional sheep payment of €5 per ewe
  • Increased ANC funding of €73m to reverse cuts since 2009 and restore the real value of payments
  • €250m for agri-environmental schemes
  • Measures to encourage the use of renewable energy
  • Funding to meet the Government commitment to introduce a three-year cap on the inclusion of productive assets under the Fair Deal Scheme
  • Income volatility – extension of income averaging where farmer/spouse has additional self-employed income, greater flexibility on ‘step-out’, and provision of a deposit scheme
  • Earned Income Tax Credit to be increased to the same level as the PAYE credit
  • Maintenance of a number of taxation measures that encourage farm transfer
  • Increased allocation of funding for the Walks Scheme

Read the full submission

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