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Written Answers - Tax Collection

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 171.  Deputy Joanna Tuffy Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy  asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  if he will supply a table for the tax year 2011 showing, by range of gross income, the sources of incomes of single pensioners, pensioner couples and all pensioners’ incomes distinguishing between the following categories as shown in table 4.1 of the Green Paper on Pensions: income from work and self-employment, other direct income investments, income and so on, occupational or personal pensions, social welfare pensions, other benefits, total gross income, tax and social contributions, net disposable income; the table to show the number of cases in each range of gross income; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23711/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan The position is that the figures in the table referred to by the Deputy were derived from EU-SILC data based on a survey carried out by Central Statistics Office (CSO). To obtain an update of the figures in the manner requested in the question, the Deputy should direct her question directly to the CSO. While the Revenue Commissioners do not maintain statistics on aged income earners in the same manner or detail as are contained in the EU-SILC report, the following is a table provided by the Revenue Commissioners showing the projected distribution of the incomes of income earners aged 65 or over for 2011:

Income Earners Aged 65 or over — Distribution of 2011 gross incomes

Range of Gross Income Gross Income € Number Income Tax €
0-10,000 85,658,906 20,583 0
10,001-20,000 654,280,837 43,101 753,037
20,001-30,000 1,109,449,002 44,886 20,335,869
30,001-40,000 1,057,974,956 30,496 40,732,685
40,001-50,000 903,500,418 20,265 62,352,373
50,001-60,000 673,200,109 12,332 73,761,798
60,001-70,000 490,125,631 7,578 68,533,899
70,001-80,000 377,500,895 5,063 61,595,676
80,001-90,000 277,429,654 3,275 51,663,151
90,001-100,000 205,907,495 2,175 41,926,615
100,001-150,000 560,429,216 4,691 129,087,181
over 150,000 1,143,530,946 3,494 307,633,222
Overall Total 7,538,988,065 197,938 858,375,507

[355]The tax amounts mentioned in the table relate to income tax but do not include the Universal Social Charge.

The figures are estimates from the Revenue tax-forecasting model using actual data for the year 2009 adjusted as necessary for income and employment trends in the interim. These are, therefore, provisional and likely to be revised.

It should be noted that the income ranges shown in the above tables relate to Gross Income as defined in Revenue Statistical Report 2010.

It should also be noted that a married couple who has elected or has been deemed to have elected for joint assessment is counted as one tax unit.

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