Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (161)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

161. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance if meaningful discussions can be entered into between the Revenue Commissioners and a person (details supplied) in County Kildare in respect of various taxation issues, most of which were not of their making, which have resulted in personal and financial difficulties of a very serious nature; if urgent arrangements will be made for discussions at senior level regarding a view to resolution; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23230/14]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that the 'taxation issues' to which the Deputy refers in his Question arose from a Revenue audit. I am further advised that responsibility for the correct calculation and timely payment of tax is always the responsibility of the individual taxpayer, notwithstanding that a tax practitioner or company accountant may be engaged to manage the various issues.

In relation to the specific circumstances of the case in question, Revenue has confirmed to me that the outstanding liabilities were only referred for debt collection/enforcement after numerous attempts to engage with the person failed. Revenue has also confirmed to me that as a general rule in such scenarios, it will attempt to work with taxpayers to resolve difficulties in preference to using enforcement powers, which are deployed as a last resort.

Finally, Revenue has informed me that it is still willing to engage with the person providing there are meaningful proposals to deal with the difficulties. If the person now wishes to discuss the outstanding issues then he should contact Mr. Leonard Burke, Principal Officer at 061-488551.