Revenue Commissioners

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Revenue Commissioners
Office of the Revenue Commissioners logo
State Agency of the Department of Finance overview
Formed 21 February 1923 (1923-02-21)
Jurisdiction Ireland
Headquarters Castle Yard, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Employees 6,000
State Agency of the Department of Finance executive Josephine Feehily, Chairman
Key document Revenue Commissioners Order, 1923
Website revenue.ie

The Revenue Commissioners, (Irish: Na Coimisinéirí Ioncaim), usually referred to as simply Revenue is the Irish Government agency responsible for customs, excise, taxation and related matters. Though Revenue can trace itself back to predecessors (with the Act of Union 1800 amalgamating its forerunners with HM Customs and Excise in the United Kingdom), the current organisation was created for the independent Irish Free State in 21 February 1923 by the Revenue Commissioners Order, 1923[1] which established the Revenue Commissioners to carry out the functions that the Commissioners of Inland Revenue and the Commissioners of Customs and Excise had carried out in the Free State prior to independence. The Revenue Commissioners are responsible to the Minister for Finance.

Revenue consists of a chairman and two commissioners all of whom have the status of secretary general as used in Departments of State. The first commissioners, appointed by the then President of the Executive Council W. T. Cosgrave, were Charles J. Flynn, William Denis Carey and William T. O'Brien as chairman.[2] The current Commissioners are: Chairman Josephine Feehily,[3] and Commissioners Liam Irwin and Niall Cody.[4][5] Additionally there are approximately 6,000 full-time equivalent staff.[6]

Revenue is based in Dublin Castle and uses a symbol of its gates as its logo, while its staff of almost 6,000 work in almost all of the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland. The motto of Revenue translates as "to serve the community by fairly and efficiently collecting taxes and duties and implementing Customs controls".

From April 1979 until June 2000 Revenue had control of the issue of the Personal Public Service Number (then referred to as Revenue and Social Insurance Number) to individuals. In 1991 it delegated a block of numbers to the Department of Social Protection and on 19 June 2000 the issuing was transferred to the department entirely.

Since 1 July 2013, the Local Property Tax (LPT), an annual self-assessed tax charged on the market value of all residential properties in Ireland, is collected by the Revenue Commissioners.

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Revenue Commissioners history (1923-1932)[dead link]
  3. ^ "RTÉ News - Feehily named as new Revenue chairman - New taxman is a woman". Rte.ie. 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ "Appointment of Revenue Commissioner". Revenue.ie. 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  5. ^ "Press Release: Appointment of Revenue Commissioner". Revenue.ie. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  6. ^ "Role of Revenue". Revenue.ie. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 

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