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Tax Credits

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 30 April 2014

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Questions (111)

Michael McGrath

Question:

111. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if the Revenue Commissioners have any discretion on the application of the four year limit on persons claiming tax credits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19561/14]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Finance Act 2003 introduced a 4 year time limit as regards claims for repayment of tax made on or after 1 January 2005.  In addition, the right of the Revenue Commissioners to raise assessments was also reduced to a four-year period except where, for example, a taxable source of income was not declared.  The scheme of 4 year time limits is designed to achieve the necessary balance between establishing a fair and uniform system for taxpayers, while at the same time, providing the necessary protection for the Exchequer from exposure to claims going back many years.  As the 4 year time limit is set out in statute, the Revenue Commissioners have no discretion in the matter.

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