Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (81)

Michael McGrath

Question:

81. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the number of tax defaulters detected by the Revenue Commissioners in each year since 2011 in circumstances which the failure to pay income tax or corporation tax wholly or partially on rental income for residential properties; the value of the tax not paid in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26033/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that it is not possible to provide the information requested by the Deputy because the relevant data is not captured or maintained in a manner that allows segregation of rental income related tax liabilities.

Since 2015, Revenue records details of all compliance interventions on its case management system. However, the information is captured at tax head level (i.e. Income Tax, Corporation Tax etc.) and does not breakdown the recoveries or settlements into the component parts that gave rise to the additional liabilities (it is not uncommon for additional liabilities to arise from more than one area of default).

The Deputy may be interested to note that Revenue’s recently published Annual Report for 2018, which is available at link https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/press-office/annual-report/2018/ar-2018.pdf, includes details of audit and compliance activity with comparative figures for 2017. The tables included in pages 88 and 89 of the report might be of particular interest to the Deputy.