Thursday, 7 February 2019

Questions (66)

Barry Cowen

Question:

66. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Finance the breakdown of the €24 million capital allocation to the Revenue Commissioners, that is, Vote 9 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5999/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that their capital expenditure largely relates to Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Continued investment in ICT has been and will continue to be a major driver of and underpinning for significant productivity growth in Revenue, for the provision of optimal service challenges and service for businesses and individual taxpayers and for enhanced governance and risk management. Each year Revenue needs to develop and implement a series of urgent and strategically important ICT projects that support budgetary and legislative changes as introduced by the Government or the EU, very frequently within tight timeframes. The €24m can be summarised as follows:

IT Systems Development

Some €14m will be spent on IT Systems Development on the projects listed below. Completed in 2019:PAYE Modernisation Phase 1 [Q1 2019]Debt Management System [Q1 2019]Customs Performance Enhancements & Trade Facilitation [Q1 2019]LPT Re-evaluation Phase 1 [Q2 2019]Intelligence Management System [Q3 2019]LPT Re-evaluation Phase 1 [Q4 2019]PAYE Modernisation Phase 2 [Q4 2019]Commenced in 2019Union Customs Code Trust RegisterVAT eCommerceFile Management SystemUnique Business Identifier Register

€14m

Storage and Hardware

Revenue need to invest on an ongoing basis to replace end of life equipment. This includes storage and infrastructure hardware which ensures, among other things, that Revenue systems are available to the public on a near 24/7 basis and that Revenue staff can access critical data in real-time in both Revenue offices and in external locations.

€6m

Office Premises Expenses

This expenditure relates to required building works and furniture provision in respect of premises in need of repair works and modernisation. These works are identified and costed and planned for in advance.

€2m

Vehicles and Specialised Equipment.

This expenditure is mainly related to Revenue’s enforcement activities.

€2m

Question No. 67 answered with Question No. 59.