Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Department of Finance
Covid-19 Pandemic Supports
208. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will quantify the employment wage subsidy scheme and temporary wage subsidy scheme supports given to a company (details supplied) since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28344/21]
The Deputy may be aware that in accordance with Section 851A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 Revenue is statutorily bound to confidentiality in respect of taxpayer information and is therefore precluded from disclosing taxpayer information.
In relation to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS), section 28(8) of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 required Revenue to publish a list of the names and addresses of all employers who registered for and received funding under TWSS. The legislation as set down only provides for the publication of the names and addresses of employers that received TWSS payments.
I am advised that the list of the names and addresses of the employers that received TWSS payments is available at: www.revenue.ie/en/employing-people/twss/list-of-employers/index.aspx.
The Deputy should note that while information in relation to the amount of subsidy paid to an employer is not publicly available, individual employees can see the amount of TWSS claimed by their employer on their behalf by examining their pay slip or by logging on to their Revenue myAccount.
In relation to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS), Section 28B(10) of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 required Revenue to publish the name and address of each employer who received payments under EWSS.
While the legislation requires the publication of the name and address of each employer that received EWSS payments, Revenue is obliged to maintain taxpayer confidentiality, in accordance with Section 851A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, in relation to all other details, for example, the amount of subsidy paid.
As at today’s date, Revenue has published the name and address of each employer who received payments in 2020 and Quarter 1 2021 under EWSS. This list is available at: www.revenue.ie/en/employing-people/ewss/list-of-employers-who-received-payments-under-the-ewss.aspx.