Written answers

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Department of Finance

Revenue Commissioners Powers

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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45. To ask the Minister for Finance the basis on which the Revenue Commissioners have contacted the employers of a number of non-EU nationals employed here, in some instances for up to ten years, occasionally employed by State agencies, who are meeting their statutory requirements in respect of PRSI, income tax and all of their obligations but who, due to lack of a permit or update of residency status, are now being informed by their employer, on the instructions of the Revenue Commissioners, to the effect that their employment must cease notwithstanding the fact that many such persons hold pivotal positions in the workforce, have made a contribution to society and continue to do so; the way it has been determined that their employment is illegal but that the payment of their taxes and PRSI contributions was accepted and that subsequent employers employed such persons in good faith on the basis that they had a good employment record; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53445/13]

Photo of Michael NoonanMichael Noonan (Minister, Department of Finance; Limerick City, Fine Gael)
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I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the question of whether an employee has a work permit is not relevant to the operation of the tax system and that Revenue does not advise employers to cease employing employees on the basis of their residency or work permit status. If the Deputy has information to the contrary he should forward the details to Revenue.

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