Monday 11 December 2017

Revenue planing to close smaller offices

Staff will be redeployed as organisation aims to cut down on the cost of space rentals

Emmet Oliver

The Revenue Commissioner is looking at closing a number of its smaller offices as it seeks to reduce its accommodation costs and deliver savings for the Office of Public Works (OPW)

The closure of two smaller offices (of less than 25 people) is being arranged and further closures could also happen.

It is understood the Revenue has 20 designated small offices.

The organisation wants to ensure that "less efficient" operations are integrated into larger centres and efficiencies achieved.

"Staff impacted by closures will be redeployed in accordance with the agreed redeployment arrangements in of the public service agreement," the organisation said in its latest public service plan.

Savings

"Savings in this regard fall to the OPW; the benefits to Revenue will be in enhanced organisation cohesion," it added.

To reduce costs of space and office rentals, the organisation is also planning to take other initiatives.

"Revenue will implement a range of accommodation cost-saving initiatives, including greater use of open-plan offices, hot-desk arrangements for outdoor officers and work sharers."

The Revenue is trying to achieve two key aims -- cut its own costs and make sure evasion does not get out of control during a recession.

The organisation recently warned about a growing shadow economy. "There are clear indications of shadow economy growth since the start of the economic slowdown. Apart from a general increase in cash transactions, areas of particular concern include drugs and tobacco smuggling," it said.

"The more difficult environment for business will put increased focus on the costs of complying and reducing red tape," it added.

Irish Independent

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