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Government mess-up leaves thousands of pensioners in deep shock – Doherty

6 January, 2012 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the government’s handling of 115,000 pensioners facing tax liabilities has been shambolic.

Deputy Doherty said it is incomprehensible that two government departments, revenue and social protection, have not been sharing information regarding people on state pensions.

Speaking today as thousands of pensioners were informed that they have not been paying the proper level of tax Deputy Doherty said:

“This news comes as people are trying to get used to new budgetary arrangements such as the increased VAT rate, the household charges and increased motor and fuel taxes.

“For the pensioners affected this news will have come as a huge shock.

“The government’s handling of the issue has been shambolic. First of all these people were told that they are liable for more tax in 2012. This morning a spokesperson from revenue, speaking on RTÉ, didn’t rule out revenue pursuing these people for back payments over a period of six years causing further shock for these people. And then by eleven o’clock they are told that they do not need to do anything.

“We need to see a clarifying statement from the revenue department to make it clear what these pensioners need to do.

“It is incomprehensible that two government departments, revenue and social protection, have not been sharing information regarding people on state pensions. The lack of cooperation is astonishing.” ENDS

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