Wednesday 24 January 2018

Revenue threat to tell firms if employees fail to pay home tax

Revenue chief Josephine Feehily: warning
Revenue chief Josephine Feehily: warning
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

REVENUE is threatening to directly inform employers about staff who have failed to pay the local property tax and demand a deduction from their wages.

In a push to embarrass workers into paying up, a letter has been published offering a glimpse into how bosses will be informed about their employees' tax affairs.

The warning letters, which are due to be issued shortly, contain the wording of correspondence that will be sent out should an employee decide not to pay.

A draft of the letter was published yesterday by Revenue. It will inform the recipient that there is no record of a property tax return from them and offer an ultimatum.

"I hereby formally give notice that I will issue an instruction to (name of employer) to deduct €202.00 in equal instalments from their payments to you and instruct them to remit the amount to the Revenue Commissioners starting as soon as is practicable after July 1 and concluding in December 2013," it said.

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"However if you file the return online within seven days of the date of this letter, the instruction to (Name of employer) will not issue."

The letter also warns that the €202 amount may not fully cover the employee's property tax liability.

Chair of the Revenue Commissioners Josephine Feehily has already warned that "non-engagers" will be contacted by next week.

She has also said that no one will have a penalty imposed automatically without engagement from Revenue, which will include reminders and a warning.

More than 1.5 million returns were filed by the end of May and 73pc of those were filed online. The online deadline was extended to accommodate a last-minute surge.

Irish Independent

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