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Written Answers — Department of Finance: Revenue Commissioners Data (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am informed by Revenue that the annual cost of the Special Assignee Relief Programme (SARP) for 2012 to 2017 (the most recent year for which data are available) is as follows: Year €m 2012 0.1 2013 1.9 2014 5.9 2015 9.5 2016 18.1 2017...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Revenue Commissioners Data (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: Revenue advise me that the Foreign Earnings Deduction (FED) is an allowance applied for by employees through their own tax returns, and is not returned at a company level, therefore it is not possible to provide data on the number of companies associated with employees availing of the scheme, or to give a breakdown down by multinational and SME. I am advised by Revenue that the annual cost of...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Departmental Programmes (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that 10 companies granted share options qualifying for the Key Employee Engagement Programme (KEEP) to 87 key employees during 2018 (the first year of the scheme). I understand that a breakdown by month is not possible. Generally, a key employee must hold the option for 12 months prior to exercise and therefore 2019 will be the earliest date that individuals are...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Employment and Investment Incentive Scheme Data (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that data on the Employment and Investment Incentive (EII) Scheme can be found in the EII statistics report on Revenue’s webpage at the following link: . EII has been in operation since 2011 when it replaced the Business Expansion Scheme. The following table sets out information on the number of qualifying companies and the annual Exchequer cost for the years...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Reliefs Data (5 Dec 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 following link: . The most recent year for which data are currently available is 2017. The following table sets out the Exchequer cost and number of claimants for each year between 2013 and 2017: Year ...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Appeals Commission (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 85 and 86 together. The Tax Appeals Commission (TAC) has informed me that the number of appeals on hand before the Commission as at 30 November 2019 is 3,330, with a quantum of tax under dispute amounting to €3.6 billion. It is important to note that, of this amount, €2.5 billion is comprised in 10 appeals, five of which were received by the TAC...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Appeals Commission (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 88 together. Following its establishment in 2016, I am informed that approximately 3,028 appeals transferred to the Tax Appeals Commission (TAC) from both the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and the Office of the Appeal Commissioners in March, 2016. The TAC has further advised me that, as of 30 November, 2019 it currently has approximately 3,330...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Revenue Commissioners Data (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that it strongly encourages payment and tax return filing compliance by making it as easy as possible for taxpayers to meet their statutory obligations on a timely basis, thereby avoiding any exposure to interest or penalties. This is achieved by providing simplified procedures to the greatest extent possible, user friendly on-line solutions that are available on a...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Revenue Commissioners Data (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that it is not possible to identify cases where the non-payment of VAT and excise was the specific reason for a seizure of goods at ports and airports. Revenue has provided me with details of all excisable goods seized for the years 2014 to 2019 (to the end of November), for non-compliance with customs and excise obligations at ports and airports. These are set out in...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Reliefs Costs (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 91 to 93, inclusive, together. Section 473A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 provides for income tax relief in respect of qualifying tuition fees paid by an individual for a third level education course, subject to the terms and conditions set out in that section. The relief is granted at the standard rate of income tax (currently 20%), where an...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: The protection of borrowers in arrears is a key priority of this Government and the Central Bank of Ireland. The Central Bank's approach to mortgage arrears resolution is focused on ensuring the fair treatment of borrowers through a strong consumer protection framework and ensuring that regulated entities have appropriate arrears resolution strategies and operations in place. The Code of...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Community Employment Schemes Supervisors (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: This issue relates to a claim by community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors who have been seeking, through their union representatives, the allocation of Exchequer funding to implement a 2008 Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme. The matter was the subject of extensive discussion at the Community Sector High Level Forum which was...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Staff Data (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has no agency staff members. In relation to the bodies under the aegis of my Department, the Office of Public Works currently engages the services of 46 agency staff members.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Budget 2020 (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I wish to advise the Deputy that all Budget 2020 promotional material used by my Department on social media, photography and infographics were produced and managed by the staff of the Department's Press Office, and did not incur any additional costs. Additionally, no Budget 2020 promotional material was produced by the bodies under the aegis of my Department. The position in respect of...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Community Employment Schemes Supervisors (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: This issue relates to a claim by community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors who have been seeking, through their union representatives, the allocation of Exchequer funding to implement a 2008 Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme. The matter was the subject of extensive discussion at the Community Sector High Level Forum which was...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: State Claims Agency Data (5 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: The amounts paid by each delegated State authority and the amounts received from scheme funds are not matters for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. These are matters for the delegated State authorities that make the payments and receive the funds cited by the Deputy. The methodology used to calculate the amounts to be paid by the delegated State authorities may be a matter...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Disabled Drivers and Passengers Scheme (4 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that since my previous response to the Deputy regarding this matter (Parliamentary Question 117 of 5 November 2019), the person concerned submitted the required documentation, which was received by Revenue on 22 November 2019. The documentation included a letter from the relevant insurance company confirming that the pre-accident value of the vehicle concerned was...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Public Consultation Process (4 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: The Deputy will find the information requested in relation to public consultations held by my Department in 2018 and to date in 2019 in the table contained in the following link. Public Consultations are carried out by my Department on a national basis and are not specific to any county. ">Table

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Mortgage Protection Policies (4 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: As Minister for Finance, I am responsible for the development of the legal framework governing financial regulation. Neither I nor the Central Bank of Ireland can interfere in the provision or pricing of insurance products, as these matters are of a commercial nature, and are determined by insurance companies based on an assessment of the risks they are willing to accept. This position is...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Code (4 Dec 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: Over the past 18 months, Revenue has been conducting a comprehensive review of the administratively based Flat Rate Expenses (FRE) regime. Revenue has advised me that the purpose of the FRE review, which involved engagement with relevant representative bodies, is to ensure that the expenses granted to each employment category remain justified and appropriate to modern day employments and...

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