Ó Domhnaill criticises red tape over tax assessments

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has expressed concern about the increasing levels of red tape associated with tax assessments for ordinary PAYE workers.

According to Senator Ó Domhnaill, there has been a surge in the number of Tax Assessment Forms 12 issued over the past two years, causing great confusion among people who don’t understand what these forms are about and why they are getting them.

“These forms allow ordinary PAYE workers to declare any additional income they may have received.  They are unnecessarily complicated and often cause great alarm and confusion when sent to people without warning,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.

“The number of Forms 12 issued in Donegal has increased by nearly 600% in the lifetime of this government.  Many people who have received such a form recently don’t actually owe the taxman anything, but they are still required to go through the complicated process of filling out the form.  It’s so complex that people often can’t go through the process without the help of an accountant; forcing many to fork out for professional help to complete what should be a straight-forward procedure.

“I commend the work of the Revenue Commissioners in following up any taxes owed to the State.  However, I think these particular forms are unnecessarily complicated, cause needless distress and confusion.  I am calling on the Finance Minister and Revenue to cut out the red tape and simplify this entire process.  We need to eliminate any need for ordinary people to fork out for expensive accountant fees for what should be a simple box-ticking exercise,” Senator Ó Domhnaill said.

Posted: May 9, 2013     |     Categories: Uncategorized