Revenue gives helpline firm €8.2m in property tax fees
outsourcing firm Abtran, which operates the helpline for the Revenue's local property tax (LPT) got fees of €4.65m for providing the service last year.
That is according to new figures from Revenue which show that the Cork-based firm has received fees from Revenue totalling €8.23m since March 2013. Abtran started with just six people in 1997. It now employs 1,100.
The figures for the last quarter of 2014 show that Abtran received €1.265m during that period. However, the general secretary of the Civil & Public Services Union (CPSU), Eoin Ronayne, has described the payout by Revenue as "dead money" and called on Revenue to appoint full-time staff to do the work in-house after the current contract with Abtran concludes.
The CPSU represents 2,400 Revenue employees and Mr Ronayne claimed that the €4.65m last year would be sufficient to employ 150 full-time staff to carry out the work.
"Revenue has told us the reason it put the work out to tender was that there was a recruitment embargo in place," Mr Ronayne said.
"Now that the embargo has been removed, we believe that there is no longer an excuse not to have the work done in-house.
"The money being paid by Revenue is wasteful and should be used to fund the employment of full-time staff to carry out the work."