Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Photo of Joanna TuffyJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour)
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To ask the Minister for Finance the cost to the Exchequer of allowing unmarried couples for joint assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57610/12]

Photo of Michael NoonanMichael Noonan (Limerick City, Fine Gael)
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I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that, as unmarried cohabiting couples are not separately identified in tax statistics, it is not possible to provide the precise information requested by the Deputy. However, in the event that a formal registration scheme for unmarried cohabiting couples were introduced, it is estimated that the cost of extending married treatment under the income tax code to such couples could be of the order of €1 million per annum for every 1,000 unmarried couples registered.


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