Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (325)

Eric J. Byrne

Question:

325. Deputy Eric Byrne asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason a myriad of self-employed people are deemed to have underpaid in respect of their PRSI and social welfare contributions between 1988 and 1991; if she will outline any particular reason these years should be deemed problematic as accountants have been advising their clients of this period; if she will clarify the position; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12674/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

There is no specific group of self-employed people who fit into the above category, as each case is examined on an individual basis. If a person has not fully discharged their liabilities to the Revenue Commissioners under self-assessment, PRSI may be incorrectly returned and in such circumstances underpayments can occur.

It should be noted that all outstanding PRSI liabilities in relation to any tax year must be fully paid before any benefit or pension payment can be processed by my Department.