UP TO 20,000 calls from concerned pensioners have been received by the Revenue Commissioners since help lines on their potential tax liabilities were established last Friday.
Letters from the Revenue were sent to 150,000 pensioners last week about their tax compliance, with 115,000 being told they will have to pay extra tax this year.
Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton admitted the move by the Revenue Commissioners to send letters to pensioners last week had created confusion.
Pensions Ombudsman Paul Kenny has said it was ‘disturbing’ that people who were not liable for any extra tax on pension income had received letters about the issue.
Senior Revenue officials are expected to be questioned at an Oireachtas Committee this week about their handling of the issue.
Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath call 1890-777425. Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick call 1890-222425. Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow call 1890-444425. Dublin City and County call 1890-333425.