Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (234)

James Bannon


234. Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Finance his plans to introduce legislation to deal with the anomaly in relation to VAT legislation, that is preventing tenant purchase funding from being raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8625/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I assume that the Deputy’s question refers to the ability of local authority tenants to access funding to cover the VAT-inclusive cost of buying a local authority house where the transaction is liable to VAT. VAT is a European Union wide tax governed by Council Directive 2006/112/EC and all Member States must ensure their domestic VAT legislation complies with this Directive. VAT legislation in Ireland in relation to property disposals is in compliance with the VAT Directive and applies equally to local authorities and any other person dealing in property. It is not possible to disregard charging VAT on a residential property because the purchase forms part of a local authority scheme.