Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (721)

Seán Fleming

Ceist:

721. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the arrangements in place in view of the fact that P60s and P45s and so on are no longer available; the arrangements that will be in place for persons to provide evidence of their income as part of the means tests in respect of the schemes operated by her Department which require a means test; if there will be GDPR implications in relation to same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53214/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

From the 1st January 2019,  as part of Revenue's PAYE modernisation project, employers now report relevant payroll data to Revenue as part of the normal weekly, fortnightly or monthly payroll run.  

Employers are no longer required to provide employees with a P45 on the cessation of their employment. Accordingly, a customer will not be required to provide my Department with a P45 to confirm the date of cessation of employment in support of a new claim or review of an existing claim.  Instead and in accordance with GDPR,  department staff with appropriate authority are able to access relevant employment and contribution data maintained by Revenue and previously available on P45 and P60 forms through a Real Time Advanced Programming Interface (RTAPI).

The RTAPI alone is not used for means assessment purposes as it does not contain all the required  information and therefore customers are still  be required to provide payslip information in support of their claim for a means assessment.    

 I trust this clarifies the matter.