Appeals at the Tax Appeals Commission have more than doubled – Fleming

€3.7billion worth of cases on hand, compared to €1.7billion in June 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Laois and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Seán Fleming has expressed alarm at the massive increase in the value of appeals outstanding at the Tax Appeals Commission.

Commenting on the matter Deputy Fleming said, „This is an issue I have been raising for some time and now that the information has been received from the Tax Appeals Commission, the situation is alarming.  In the last week of December 2018 nearly €2.1 billion worth of appeals were lodged with the Commission.

„As of April 2019, 3,652 appeals were outstanding, worth €3.7billion. In Budget 2019 more resources were dedicated to the Tax Appeals Commission and they are doing what they can with the resources which have been provided, however, there is little sign that this is having a significant impact – in fact the opposite is the case.

„Clearly the Commission has no control over the number and value of appeals lodged with them. However, if the Commission is going to receive additional and more complex appeals, and it is already finding it hard to deal with legacy complaints, then the problem is going to get worse and worse. 

„Ireland’s tax system needs to be transparent, fair and consistent.  A fully functioning Tax Appeals Commission is critical in achieving that and I call on the Minister to make all necessary additional resources available to tackle this major issue on behalf of the taxpayer”, concluded Deputy Fleming.

Fianna Fáil

Seán Fleming – TD Laois

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