Wednesday 13 December 2017

July tax take 2.6pc below target

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Tax revenues came in 2.6pc behind target last month, but are broadly on profile for the year to date.

Exchequer returns show that in the first seven months of the year the State brought in €28.04bn in taxes, €230m or 0.8pc behind target.

Income tax is almost 2pc behind where the Department of Finance expected it to be, but it stresses that it is up 4.2pc in year-on-year terms to €1.67bn.

VAT is 0.8pc above target, while corporation tax is 0.4pc below expectations.

The State finances moved largely into line in June following a weaker-than-expected start to the year, and that trend largely continued last month.

The repeated shortfall in income tax has reflected a problem in the model used to predict the impact of changes last year to the USC - a relatively new tax, rather than weakness in jobs growth, officials have said.

The shortfall is likely to be around €80m for the full year.

An Exchequer surplus of €3.366bn was recorded to the end of July.

This compares to a surplus of €862m in the same period last year. This year-on-year improvement is primarily due to the recent sale of more than 28pc of the State's shareholding in AIB.

Overall, total net voted expenditure, at €25.507bn, was 0.9pc or €244m below target, but up 4.7pc or €1.138bn in year-on-year terms.

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