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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 24 Apr 1991

Vol. 407 No. 4

Written Answers. - Enployment of Home Help.

Richard Bruton


39 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Finance the number of people who are claiming the tax free allowance for the employment of home help to care for an incapacitated person; the cost of this allowance to the Exchequer; and the likely cost if eligibility for this allowance was extended to those who have a family member giving them full-time care but who is not formally employed.

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that it is estimated that some 200 incapacitated taxpayers are currently in receipt of this allowance at an estimated annual cost to the Exchequer of £0.2 million. Statistical data are not available which would enable the cost of extending the allowance in the manner referred to by the Deputy to be estimated.