Thursday 23 November 2017

Revenue should say sorry to pensioners

The Revenue Commissioners need to say sorry to a large group of pensioners who have been overcharged as a result of holding both State and private pensions
The Revenue Commissioners need to say sorry to a large group of pensioners who have been overcharged as a result of holding both State and private pensions

The Revenue Commissioners need to say sorry to a large group of pensioners who have been overcharged as a result of holding both State and private pensions.

This is not the first blunder perpetrated by Revenue against pensioners. Three years ago the Revenue wrote to 115,000 pensioners over the Christmas period telling them that they might be facing an extra tax bill because of a reassessment of their tax affairs. The then chairwoman, Josephine Feehily, later apologised for the poorlyworded letter and for causing unnecessary panic among pensioners.

Now, as we reveal today, up to 5,000 pensioners have been over-paying their tax after an official made a mistake uploading State pension details from the Department of Social Protection. One widower had €800 wrongly deducted and other people have lost varying amounts. The error was not even discovered by Revenue, but by distressed pensioners who have been contacting it.

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