Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to oireachtas.ie

Written Answers - Tax Collection

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

First Page Previous Page Page of 243 Next Page Last Page

 69.  Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen  asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  the amount of money the office of the Revenue Commissioner incorrectly issued into taxpayer accounts in 2011 and subsequently requested its return. [3132/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan Monies incorrectly paid into a taxpayer’s bank account by Revenue would normally be as a result of an incorrect return filed by a [317]taxpayer or a processing error by Revenue — each of these cases would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Revenue does not maintain a central record of these instances — therefore the information as requested by the Deputy is unavailable.

 70.  Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen  asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  the amount of money the office of the Revenue Commissioner charged taxpayers in view of tax under payment in 2011. [3133/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that interest arises both in respect of late payment of tax and underpayment of tax — this would include interest that is part of a phased payment plan. In the year 2011, a total of €158.5m was charged in interest having regard to all of these circumstances. Penalties amounting to €32.34m arose during the course of audits in the same period.o

 71.  Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen  asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  the online payment mechanisms the office of the Revenue Commissioner operates for taxpayers to pay any outstanding money due to the Revenue Commission and other pay methods available. [3134/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that online payment methods are provided through the Revenue On Line Service (ROS). This is an internet facility that provides taxpayers with a secure and efficient facility to pay tax liabilities and file tax returns. The ROS facilities are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The three payment methods currently available on ROS are:

1) ROS Debit Instruction (RDI) — This allows that taxpayer to authorise Revenue to deduct payment from the taxpayer’s nominated bank account

2) Debit/Laser Card

3) Online Banking (only available for payment of Income Tax)

It is planned to introduce payment by Credit Card on ROS during 2012. A facility to pay tax using a Credit Card over the phone is already available.

Taxpayers who are not already obliged to make payments and file returns using ROS can also avail of other payment methods including: Direct Debit; Single Debit Authority — This is a customised payslip issued by Revenue which allows the taxpayer to authorise Revenue to deduct a single payment from the his/her bank account; GIRO/EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) — The taxpayer arranges payment into a nominated Revenue account; Cheque/bank draft/money order accompanied by Revenue’s pre encoded payslip.


Last Updated: 04/04/2015 20:12:06 First Page Previous Page Page of 243 Next Page Last Page