Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Ceisteanna (106, 107)

Damien English

Ceist:

170 Deputy Damien English asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the number of PAYE employees that have claimed tax relief on refuse collection fees paid to private collectors with a breakdown for each regional tax office. [25192/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Finance)

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the most recent year for which the necessary detailed information on claimants for tax relief in relation to service charges is the income tax year 2004. In that year an estimated number of 180,215 claimants on the PAYE tax record availed of the tax relief for service charges, but it is not possible to distinguish between the numbers claiming for payments made to Local Authorities and to private contractors.

This figure relates to the number of income earners in a position to absorb the tax relief either partly or fully, but does not include the numbers of qualifying claimants who, because of the operation of other deductions and reliefs, have their taxable income reduced to nil or have their tax liability reduced to nil by the impact of other tax credits. Accordingly, potential claimants for the tax relief for service charges whose tax liability has been reduced to nil in this way are not included in the numbers given in this reply. A breakdown of the total number of claimants by reference to each tax region is in the table.

Service Charges paid to Local Authorities and Private Contractors.

Tax Region

Claimants

Dublin

64,815

Border Midlands West

33,767

East and South East

42,629

South West

38,940

Large Cases Division

41

Unallocated

23

Total

180,215

The information is based on income returns on Revenue records at the time the data was compiled for analytical purposes, representing about 96 per cent of all returns expected. A married couple which has elected or has been deemed to have elected for joint assessment is counted as one tax unit.

Damien English

Ceist:

171 Deputy Damien English asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the number of PAYE employees in the State with a breakdown for each regional tax office. [25193/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that on the basis of P35 returns filed by employers for the income tax year 2004, the latest year for which the necessary detailed statistics are available, some 1,740,412 income earners in the State were identified as being active on the PAYE record. A breakdown by reference to each tax region is shown in the table.

Tax Region

Income earners

Dublin

575,752

Border Midlands West

393,505

East and South East

409,238

South West

361,220

Large Cases Division

160

Unallocated

537

Total

1,740,412

The information is based on income returns on Revenue records at the time the data were compiled for analytical purposes, representing about 96 per cent of all returns expected. A married couple which has elected or has been deemed to have elected for joint assessment is counted as one tax unit.