Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (176)

Denise Mitchell

Question:

176. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Finance the timeframe for the publication of the tax strategy papers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19554/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

The Deputy will be aware that the Tax Strategy Group (TSG) is in place since the early 1990s and chaired by the Department of Finance with membership comprising senior officials and political advisers from a number of Civil Service Departments and Offices. Papers on various options for tax policy changes are prepared annually by officials. The TSG is not a decision-making body and the papers produced are simply a list of options and issues to be considered in the Budgetary process.

In line with the Government’s commitment to budgetary reform including greater engagement with the Oireachtas, the Tax Strategy Group papers are now published in advance of the Budget to facilitate informed discussion. It is my intention that publication of the Papers online will take place shortly after the annual meeting of the Tax Strategy Group and I would expect this to happen before the end of July.