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Written Answers — Department of Finance: Employment Investment Incentive Scheme (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that a report on the Employment and Investment Incentive (EII) can be found at . The report contains statistics on the number of companies availing of the scheme and the cost to the Exchequer up to 2017, the latest year for which data are currently available. The following table sets out the Exchequer costs and the companies availing of the incentive: Year 1st ...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Startup Funding (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that the latest information on the cost and number of individuals availing of the Start Up Refunds for Entrepreneurs (SURE) scheme can be found at . The most recent year for which data are currently available is 2016, it is expected that 2017 will be available in the coming weeks at the same link. The following table sets out the Exchequer cost and number of...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Appeals Commission (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 182 to 185, inclusive, together. The Tax Appeals Commission (“TAC”) was established on 21st March 2016 and new procedures for making, processing, adjudicating and determining appeals came into effect. Before this date taxpayers appealed directly to Revenue who then transferred cases to the Appeal Commissioners if and when they proceeded to...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Carbon Budget (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Department of Finance operate a joint research programme on various macroeconomic and taxation issues in Ireland. Under this programme, the ESRI produced research on the carbon tax in 2018, including on the distributional impacts of a once-off increase in the tax. The research found that households at all income levels will face...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Departmental Data (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I wish to inform the Deputy that there are no income streams paid by persons directly to my Department. One of the seventeen bodies under the remit of my Department, the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, has such an income stream in the form of the Local Property Tax (LPT). In 2018, approximately 735,000 property owners (53% of LPT property owners) made payments on an annual basis...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Project Ireland 2040 (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 188, 189 and 192 together. I wish to inform the Deputy that neither my Department nor the 17 bodies under the aegis of my Department currently have any capital projects or expenditures under Project Ireland 2040. However, one of the bodies under the aegis of my Department, the National Treasury Management Agency, through the National Development Finance Agency...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Data (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 and 191 together. Regarding Question 30928-19, the following Table sets out the number of End of Year Statements (P21) that issued to PAYE taxpayers for the years 2010 to 2018.  Tax Year Total Issued Value of Underpayments € Value of Overpayments € 2010 1,073,269 112,362,206 431,694,623 2011 1,061,964 109,910,663...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Central Bank of Ireland Investigations (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by the Central Bank that it does not publish details of ongoing enforcement investigations.  However, as part of the Tracker Mortgage Examination (), the Bank confirmed that in parallel with its supervisory work, enforcement proceedings commenced against six lenders: permanent tsb plc; Ulster Bank Ireland DAC; Bank of Ireland Group (The Governor and...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Financial Services Sector (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I regret it was not possible to provide the information sought in the time available and, therefore, I will make arrangements to provide the information to the Deputy in line with Standing Orders.

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Code (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: As I have stated in response to previous questions on the subject, my officials will set out analysis and options in relation to betting duty at the Tax Strategy Group (TSG) meeting in July. The TSG Papers will be published on the Department's website shortly afterwards. 

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Reliefs Data (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that the latest information on the number of taxpayer units benefiting from relief in respect of qualifying third level education fees, as well as the estimated total cost to the Exchequer can be found at https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/information-about-revenu e/statistics/tax-expenditures/costs-expenditures.aspx.  The most recent year for which data are...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Collection (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that it recently carried out a comprehensive review of the person’s tax situation and calculated that they overpaid their liabilities in 2019 (year to date) and in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The over payments occurred due to the incorrect allocation of tax credit entitlements. Revenue has amended the person’s tax records for 2019 to reflect their correct...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Capital Expenditure Programme (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 200 and 201 together. My Department’s capital allocation provides for the routine acquisition of IT equipment and systems and certain premises expenses relating to the buildings it occupies. Aside from these types of expenditure, my Department does not have any long or medium term capital projects. The Department in recent years has engaged the Office...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Brexit Preparations (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: As part of the contingency measures taken by the Government for a 'no deal' Brexit, I announced the introduction of a system of postponed accounting for VAT purposes to alleviate the cash flow burden on business. The Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2019 Act provides for the introduction of postponed accounting for VAT registered traders...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Credit Unions (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: As the Deputy is aware, credit unions are regulated and supervised by the Registrar of Credit Unions at the Central Bank who is the independent regulator for credit unions. Within his independent regulatory discretion, the Registrar acts to support the prudential soundness of individual credit unions, to maintain sector stability, and to protect the savings of credit union members. ...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: National Debt (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: As the Deputy will be aware, there are two measures of public debt – National Debt and General Government Debt. The National Treasury Management Agency has supplied me with the figures in the following table, which focuses on the former, showing National Debt in both gross and net terms from 1994 to date in 2019. The table also shows the Exchequer cash and...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Code (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am not aware of any current EU proposals for an aviation fuel tax. As the Deputy will be aware the European Commission has the legislative right of initiative and in the normal course will be assessing where new legislation is in its view required and what form that legislation should take.    I am aware that there is an increasing focus on aviation taxation, led...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tobacco Smuggling (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that the number of persons prosecuted for cigarette and tobacco smuggling in 2018 and to date in 2019 is set out in the following table. The number of persons prosecuted for illegal selling of unstamped cigarette and tobacco products is also included. 2018 - 2019 (YTD end June) Indictable Summary Indictable Summary Smuggling 3 16 1 4 Selling unstamped...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Excise Duties (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: The rates of excise (Alcohol Products Tax) for the various types of alcoholic beverages are provided for in Schedule 2 to the Finance Act 2003, as amended.  In each case, the applicable excise duty must conform with EU Directive 92/83/EEC on the harmonization of the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages.    The excise rate on cider exceeding 2.8%...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Code (11 Jul 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: VAT legislation does not apply the zero rate of VAT to food supplements but shortly after the introduction of VAT Revenue applied a concessionary zero rating to certain vitamin, mineral and fish oil products. As the market developed over the years this treatment resulted in the zero rating by Revenue of further similar products, including products other than vitamins, minerals and fish...

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