Written Answers. - Value Added Tax.

Michael Ring


269 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Finance if any lamb slaughter factory has been investigated regarding the payment of flat rate VAT refund on lambs from outside the State; the outcome of these investigations; and the amount of VAT recovered by the State since November 1998. [7494/01]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that, based on the information currently available, there were some 30 factories active in the period covered by the question. Tax audits-investigations have been completed since 1 November 1998 in 11 of the companies involved. Audits-investigations are ongoing in four companies and are pending in three other companies. Recoveries for this period from these audits-investigations were in excess of £383,000, of which approximately £355,000 related to VAT. I am informed that audits-investigations will be initiated in the remaining cases before the end of this year.