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Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: That is the figure for the new system but I refer to the total figure, right from the word go.

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: How much was spent in total on the previous system?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Will Ms Maney revert to the committee with a note?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Was there any attempt to go back to the people from whom the commission purchased the system to retrieve any funding?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: What platform is the commission using at the moment?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I want to keep the time to ask questions if Ms Maney does not mind, with short replies. Is the Lotus Notes system fully licensed, with no issues in that regard?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The commission has had some data breaches. Have they been problematic? Has anything been referred to the Data Protection Commissioner?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Turning to fresh appeals, has anything yet come in to the commission regarding the temporary wage subsidy scheme, TWSS, or the employment wage subsidy scheme, EWSS?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: When an appeal is made to the commission, a stop is put on penalties and so on. If somebody decided just to negotiate rather than seek an appeal, would the same apply? Is there a disincentive against getting into mediation at an early stage or is there an advantage in putting a stop on the penalties?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: On corporation taxes, quite a lot have gone through at this stage.

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Are there learnings from the experience of appeals within the TAC? Are issues cropping up routinely that could be dealt with and prevent appeals? Are there issues that jump out to Ms Maney that would be of benefit for the committee to hear?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: That is the largest issue from a financial point of view. There was a lag in recruitment. The commission was given authorisation to recruit additional staff and it took longer than anticipated to do that. The situation necessitated bringing in people on a daily or temporary basis. What was the reason for that? Was it something unanticipated? Did the commission lose staff? What were...

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Ms Maney might tell us about that. Is it lengthy and cumbersome to hire new staff?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Is the commission up to its full complement of staff at this stage?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: In addition to that, are there also people who have been hired on a temporary basis?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 10 - Tax Appeals Commission
Chapter 14 - Management of Tax Appeals
(8 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: How much are those staff paid on a daily basis?

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (6 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The key issue here is that we had all read the same information the same way. The correspondence is at odds with our interpretation. This is a big industry and we all appreciate the importance of making sure the industry is not damaged. That is what necessitates CCTV. I am pleased that the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine is dealing with the matter. The important thing...

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (6 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: It is a question of keeping this very much on the agenda. It is regrettable we do not have an update. I think the previous update was that there was to be a meeting but they had to do it in person rather than a virtual meeting. We must keep this on the agenda. We are unlikely to get any update before the recess so this is something we need to flag for when we come back in September.

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (6 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: No, I will leave it. I just cannot find my notes on this one.

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (6 Jul 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Agreed.

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