Revenue hiring extra staff to beat evasion
THE Office of the Revenue Commissioners has begun recruiting extra staff at salaries of up to €103,000 after Finance Minister Brian Lenihan agreed to suspend the moratorium on the filling of posts in the public sector.
The Revenue Commissioners is seeking to fill 200 posts including "a small number" of posts at principal and assistant principal level, spokeswoman Michelle Carroll said.
Principal officers are paid between €84,132 and €103,472 while assistant principal officers are paid between €65,185 and €75,934.
The office is seeking to boost units combating tax evasion and to bolster the organisation's audit and investigation units. Many senior officials are believed to have left the Revenue Commissioners ahead of last year's budgets, which saw civil servants retire early.
Mr Lenihan agreed to waive the ban on hiring staff in the civil service after the Revenue made a business case "based on the need to ensure continuing effective tax collection and compliance", the spokeswoman said.
Some of the 200 posts will be filled by internal promotion within the Revenue while others will be filled by redeployment and open competition.
The head of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, warned senior colleagues leaving the organisation earlier this year that they were not allowed to share their professional knowledge with the private sector upon retirement.
Ms Feehily told members of the Revenue's senior management that those departing, even for short-term work arrangements, must obey rules governing outside employment in the private sector.
According to standards in public office rules, very senior tax inspectors are not allowed accept a private sector position within 12 months of leaving the Revenue Commissioners if the appointment "could lead to a conflict of interest''. Even after a year has elapsed senior tax inspectors must continue to observe the Official Secrets Act.