Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (51)

Joan Collins

Question:

51. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Finance if an inspection by the Revenue Commissioners has taken place to ascertain whether a company (details supplied) paid taxes on service charges collected and credit card tips collected since it opened in 2018; and if so, the outcome of same. [22740/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Section 851A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 provides for taxpayer confidentiality and prohibits Revenue from disclosing information in respect of any taxpayer. On that basis, it is not possible for Revenue to provide the information requested by the Deputy.

Revenue has however assured me that it operates a very comprehensive risk-based compliance programme, which is supported by a broad range of data, intelligence and analytical technologies. The nature and potential severity of the intervention undertaken by Revenue in any non-compliant case is determined by the risks identified and the behaviour of the taxpayer.

I am informed that Revenue carried out almost 581,000 compliance interventions in 2018 that yielded €572m for the Exchequer and I commend it for its commitment to ensuring continued high tax compliance rates in Ireland and a ‘level playing field’ for all businesses and taxpayers.