Fianna Fáil’s John Brassil spoke in the Dáil this week about possible unfair behaviour displayed by the Revenue, whereby money owed to farmers is being withheld unfairly.
The suspected cause, according to the Irish Independent, is that the Revenue are keeping money back because of their ongoing issues with Kerry Co-op shareholders.
In a story covered in the last few months, it was revealed that hundreds of Irish farmers were being told by the Revenue that they owed thousands of euro in tax, as patronage shares they had received throughout the years were not being declared properly.
The worrying realisation sent farmers into a frenzy, and the issue is still not fully resolved.
Now it seems that the Revenue may be deliberately withholding cash, for example a VAT repayment of over €2,000 owed to a shareholder, because of this controversy.
Deputy Brassil says that the ‘only explanation he could find was that it was put against the money the Revenue Commissioners claim he owes on the preference share issue’.
He added that this should most definitely not be the case, as he had enquired about the potential for such issues during a discussion with the Revenue Commissioners. At this meeting, TDs were reportedly ‘reassured’ that nothing of the sort would happen.
“We are talking in this case about compliant taxpayers, and we must defend them and treat them fairly. This is not right and we need to address the issue,” Brassil explained, according to the Irish Independent.