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 5,647
State Agency of the Department of Finance executive
  • Niall Cody, Chairman
Key document
  • Revenue Commissioners Order, 1923

The Revenue Commissioners (Irish: Na Coimisinéirí Ioncaim), usually referred to simply as 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 on 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 Niall Cody,[3] and Commissioners Liam Irwin[4][5] and Gerry Harrahill.[6] According to its 2014 Annual Report, Revenue had 5,647 full-time equivalent staff in December 2014.[7]

Revenue is based in Dublin Castle and uses a symbol of its gates as its logo, while its staff work in almost all of the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland. The mission statement of Revenue is "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, has been 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". 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ "Appointment of Revenue Commissioner". 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  5. ^ "Press Release: Appointment of Revenue Commissioner". Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  6. ^ "The Sunday Business Post". 18 November 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Annual Report 2014. April 2015. p. 47. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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