Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (82)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

82. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Finance the reason the licence fee for the sale of agricultural diesel has increased to €250; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35938/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

The laundering of marked diesel and the distribution and sale of laundered fuel poses a serious threat to tax yield and to legitimate businesses. As part of the strategy to combat these illegal activities, all traders who deal in, or deliver, marked diesel or marked kerosene have, since 1 October 2012, been required to hold a marked fuel trader’s licence. This is an annual licence and it is subject to a payment of excise duty of €250. This is the same amount as has applied since 2001, to a licence for selling or delivering petrol or auto-diesel. I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners, who have responsibility for Mineral Oil Tax and the control of mineral oils for taxation purposes, that the introduction of the marked fuel trader’s license is a key component of their strategy in this area. A licence is subject to conditions set by Revenue, and it may be revoked for failure to keep to those conditions. In addition, new regulatory requirements have applied since 1 January this year for the keeping of mineral oils, including marked diesel and marked kerosene, at licensed premises or places, and for the proper documentation, reporting and recording of deliveries of mineral oil to and from those premises and places.