Friday 19 January 2018

Revenue can only give details of deal if deputy grants permission

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

TAX cheat Mick Wallace needs to give permission to the Revenue Commissioners to allow the taxman to explain his €2.1m VAT settlement.

Social Welfare Minister Joan Burton has called on the Revenue to set out the rationale behind the VAT settlement for Mr Wallace.

The Revenue Commissioners say it cannot comment on its deal with anybody, by law, unless the individual gives them permission.

The Revenue says the consent would have to come from Mr Wallace and it would have to contact him to see what specific information could be provided publicly.

Speaking on RTE's 'The Week in Politics', Ms Burton called on the Revenue to set out their position.

"I think we need a very full explanation from the Revenue Commissioners of the circumstances in this case. Deputy Wallace may need to give them clearance to make a statement about it, because there is, you know, an amount of legislation in relation to taxpayer confidentiality.

"Equally he can give an account himself of his dealings with Revenue and why Revenue choose to pursue the lines of action that they choose to pursue," she said.

Irish Independent

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