Income Tax is one of a range of taxes in existence through which the government raises revenue to pay for state services. It was first introduced in Ireland in 1853 as a temporary measure. However income tax continued to be levied despite strong opposition. The opposition played a part in the evolution of nationalism in Ireland during the latter part of the 19th century. However following independence in 1922 income tax continued to be levied.
Income tax was first levied in Britain by William Pitt in 1799. It was introduced as a temporary measure to pay for the Napoleonic wars. It was repealed following the Battle of Waterloo but was re-introduced in 1842. The tax was not extended to Ireland despite the fact that Ireland had been united with Britain under the Act of Union in 1801. Just over 50 years after the Act of Union income tax was extended to Ireland by the then Prime Minister Gladstone.
Income tax was introduced in Ireland for the first time in the year 1853 On This Day.
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