Taxing Time Ahead For Ahern

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, may not looking forward to 2008, as he is set to come under more political pressure over his tax affairs.

Over the weekend, Mr Ahern admitted that he won't be able to provide a certificate proving he is tax compliant to the Oireachtas ethics watchdog.

His tax advisor has been locked in discussions with the Revenue Commissioners and, while those talks continue, he has also provided the Standards in Public Office Commission with an Application Statement, as required under ethics legislation.

However, while Mr Ahern said that, to the best of his knowledge, he was tax compliant, he is to come under increasing pressure to do more.

Fine Gael's Eugene Regan said the Taoiseach has failed to explain why he "misled" the public and the Dail about his tax affairs by saying previously that he had no problems in relation to taxation matters.

Labour's Joan Burton has made similar comments, saying Mr Ahern knew he had issues to resolve with the Revenue Commissioners, but continued to insist until the weekend that had no tax problems.


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