The Government announced on Friday that spending cuts and tax increases totalling €3.8 billion will be introduced in Decembers budget. €1.6bn will be in the form of tax increases, however the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has stated that there will be no changes to income tax rates, bands or credits next year, with revenues coming from other sources. Changes to the VAT rate, property charges including the €100 household charge and carbon charges were possible areas for taxation, the Minster said yesterday.