The OECD has published a report called Taxing Wages 2018.
Fiona Reddan, in The Irish Times, reports:
Single workers with no children are bearing the brunt of Ireland’s personal tax regime, a new study shows. And Ireland’s experience reflects the position across the 35 OECD states where households with children face a lower personal tax burden than those without.
Taxing Wages 2018 measures the so-called tax wedge – the difference between a person’s take home pay and what it costs their employer to employ them.
…The new study shows that one-income families on the average wage (€ 36,358) and with children give up just 1.2 per cent of their income on tax.
…According to the survey, across the OECD, the average single worker paid just over one-quarter of their gross wages in income taxes and social security contributions, a ratio that has remained relatively stable over the last two decades, the OECD said.
A vibrant four-minute dose of nightmare fuel for the Mastodon track Sultan’s Curse created by Hey Beautiful Jerk and illustrator Skinner taken from from an hour of animation created for the Atlanta metallers’ recent world tour.
I’ve invited film makers to give their own visual interpretation of each song, entirely free from my input. The video for this tin whistle driven, electronic song was made by Graham Patterson. It’s stark and manages to be both restless and serene. If anyone in Spiddal saw some fella running around in the middle of the night with a torch and an iphone at arms length it was probably Graham making this video!
Manchester based electonica/tradster Gav of Triick Mist writes:
This is video No.3 from the ‘Gaps Series’. These are videos made for my EP ‘Jars in Rows’ but without my involvement in the process. Multiple artists were invited to respond to a song from the EP and in turn create a reactionary piece of video work based solely on their perception. This video created by video artist, director, editor Graham Patterson features loads of mouths floating around the place. I reckon Samuel Beckett would have definitely buzzed off it! ‘Jars in Rows’ EP is out now.
Luke from New York based Irish band Half Of Me writes:
We will be launching our next single ‘Blastoice’ in The Workman’s Club on Fri November 6th. The single was recorded with Dave Prendergast in Clique Recording studios and will be available on iTunes/Spotify. We will also be perfoming at HWCH this year in Bad Bob’s on Thurs Oct 2nd @ 9PM.
The video is completely inspired by the lyrics. I loved how Dig Up (taken from the début album Busy Waiting) could be interpreted as either deeply introspective or as socio-political commentary …on being judged by material worth. The narrative of the video was based on cold, inanimate particles slowly coming to life, becoming colourful and evolving into something beautiful… As Carl Sagan said were all made of star stuff.