Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Questions (232)

John McGuinness

Question:

232. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Finance if the issues raised by a person (details supplied) have been resolved; the incidents involved and the way in which each one was dealt with by the Revenue Commissioners; and if the circumstances relate to the lack of outcomes to complaints made by them in the past or to a breach of agreements by the Revenue Commissioners. [1381/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that the issue to which the Deputy is referring relates back to 2007 when a warrant notification from the Wexford Sheriff, in respect of taxes owed by the person in question, was inadvertently delivered to an unconnected third party of the same name.

Revenue further advised that it has apologised to the person for the error on numerous occasions over the intervening years as has the Wexford Sheriff. (It is important to note that the Wexford Sheriff is an Officer of the Court that acts independently of Revenue under the Court Offices Act 1945.) Revenue also appointed senior officials in both the local Wexford office and in the Collector-General’s office to liaise directly with the person as necessary and to assist them in managing their tax obligations, particularly in respect of a number of tax filing issues that subsequently arose.

While Revenue is not aware of any unresolved issues at this stage, it is happy to further engage with the person or their representatives if required. To advance matters, the Deputy should advise the person to liaise directly with the designated senior officials to discuss any further concerns that they may have. Revenue is also happy to provide the names and contact details of the officials to the Deputy should it be useful to do so.