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Written Answers — Department of Finance: Vehicle Registration (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: The registration of all vehicles, including hearses, is provided for in the Finance Act 1992, Part II, Chapter IV.  In this legislation, hearses are “listed vehicles” which means that the flat VRT charge of €200 applies when they are being registered (this amount was €50 up until the end of April 2011). If the hearse is a new means of transport for VAT...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Property Tax (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 174 and 177 together. The Department of Finance engaged Doctor Don Thornhill in 2015 to conduct a review to consider and make recommendations on the operation of the Local Property Tax, in particular any impacts on LPT liabilities due to property price developments. Doctor Thornhill made a number of recommendations in his report on his review of...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Electric Vehicles (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I understand that the Deputy wishes to ascertain the estimated tax foregone as a result of the implementation of a 0% benefit in kind rate on electric vehicles.   Given the relatively small numbers of electric vehicles currently registered in Ireland, and the fact that many of these are privately owned, the cost of the measure proposed is likely to be low at...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Pension Provisions (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 176 and 178 together. I am advised by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection that individual pensioners can apply for two State Pensions. The State Pension (Contributory) is based on social insurance contributions paid or credited over the course of a person’s working life. The State Pension (Non-Contributory) is a means tested...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Vehicle Registration (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I am informed by Revenue that the vehicle in question was presented for registration at the Sligo NCT centre on 19 October.  As part of the registration process, the documentation presented was examined to establish the vehicle particulars.   In addition to providing information on the vehicle, this documentation must also provide proof of the date of entry into the...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: NAMA Portfolio (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I wish to point out to the Deputy that the property assets securing NAMA’s loan portfolio remain under the ownership and control of debtors and receivers. Set out in the following is information, in the format held by NAMA, relating to property collateral in Co. Galway that secured NAMA’s loan portfolio for each of the years from 2012 to 2017 (as at mid-June). Changes from year...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: NAMA Portfolio (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I refer the Deputy to the following tables, which show a breakdown of the property collateral securing NAMA’s portfolio, by county and sector, for each of the years from 2012 to 2017. The Deputy will be aware that the acquisition of loans by NAMA was undertaken in 2010 and 2011 and, because it took some time to collate data on the underlying property collateral, the breakdown...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: NAMA Portfolio (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: The Deputy will be aware that NAMA does not own property. Instead NAMA acquired loans and its role is as a secured lender. The property itself continues to be owned and managed by the property owner, or receiver where one has been appointed. Sections 99 and 202 of the NAMA Act 2009 preclude NAMA from disclosing information relating to NAMA debtors, their finances and their property. As...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: NAMA Social Housing Provision (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: The Deputy will be aware that as part of its engagement with the Department, Planning and Local Government, and the Housing Agency, NAMA has played a significant role in facilitating the supply of social housing from its portfolio. As part of this engagement, NAMA continuously reviews the assets of all NAMA debtors to establish if vacant residential properties securing their loans could be...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Property Tax Assessments (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that the person in question owes arrears of Local Property Tax (LPT) in respect of 2016, 2017 and 2018 amounting to €675. Revenue has also confirmed that the outstanding amount is based on a Band 2 valuation (€100,001-€150,000). The person originally valued their property in Band 3 (€150,001-€200,000) in 2013 but this was...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Clearance Certificates (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: Revenue has advised me that the administrative process for tax clearance was changed from a paper based system to a real-time online facility (electronic Tax Clearance or ‘eTC’) with effect from 1 January 2016. The legislative basis to change the process to an online environment is provided for by Section 95 of the 2014 Finance Act. The introduction of ‘eTC’...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Departmental Investigations (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: In order to assess the vulnerability of the Irish economy to changes in exogenous variables, my Department regularly simulates the impact of a number of scenarios using the ESRI COSMO macroeconomic model. These results are published in the Risk and Sensitivity Analysis chapter of the Budget and Stability Programme Update documentation. In Budget 2018, my Department...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Publican Licences (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that the number of publican licences of all descriptions issued, by county in each of the years 2010 to 2017 and to date in 2018 is as set out in the following tables. Statistical information is available on the Revenue Websitewww.revenue.ieat the following link 2010 2011 '2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 CO. CARLOW Publican's Licence (6-Day...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: European Investment Bank (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: In relation to the current extent of State borrowing from the European Investment Bank (EIB), I am advised by the EIB and the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) that the EIB has lent or contracted to lend directly to Ireland, acting through the NTMA, the amounts shown below: Loan Facility Loan amount Drawn amount (as of 31/12/2017) Loan Facility Loan amount Drawn amount...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Young Farmers Scheme (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that there is currently one stamp duty relief available that applies a 1% rate of stamp duty on the transfer of agricultural land between certain blood relatives in certain circumstances. This measure is known as Consanguinity Relief. Transfers of farmland between certain blood relatives qualify for a reduced rate of stamp duty of 1% provided certain conditions are...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Ireland Strategic Investment Fund Capital (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: Article 4 of EU Directive 92/83/EEC provides for the application of reduced rates, or relief, of excise duty of up to 50% less than the national rate of excise duty in respect of breweries producing 200,000 hectolitres or less of beer per annum. In Budget 2005, relief of 50% on excise duty in respect of beer produced by breweries producing up to 20,000 hectolitres (hl) per annum was provided...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Ireland Strategic Investment Fund Investments (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: As the Deputy will be aware, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (“ISIF”) has a statutory mandate to invest on a commercial basis in a manner designed to support economic activity and employment in Ireland.  ISIF have informed me that, as at 30 September 2017 ISIF’s Discretionary Portfolio (as distinct from ISIF’s Directed Portfolio which relates to certain...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Home Renovation Incentive Scheme Data (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that statistics on the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme are available on the Revenue Statistics webpage at:.  These statistics are updated on a monthly basis and end of year reports are also available at the same website. These provide a range of information in respect of the scheme, including a breakdown of the number of properties registered, works...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Code (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that a farmer would be entitled to write off the cost of installing a CCTV system against her or his farming income as a CCTV system would qualify for capital allowances. The cost may be written off over eight years. Where a farmer does not have an entitlement to capital allowances (he or she may be retired and no longer trading for example), relief may be...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: House Prices (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: My Department produces macroeconomic forecasts twice a year. As part of the forecast process my Department produces a forecast for overall investment (gross domestic fixed capital formation), and in line with the national accounts approach, this involves forecasting the overall volume and price changes for newly built residential units. The sale of existing houses is not included in the...

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