Old People Literally Freaking Out

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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.


Pensioners Make 20,000 Calls To Revenue Over Weekend (Irish Independent)

Helplines:
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.

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One thought on “Old People Literally Freaking Out

  1. Peadar

    With good reason. My own grandmother got a letter with revised tax credits and a warning that she may be liable for taxes due to her €8 per week Construction Federation Pension, which raises her annual income from just over €11,000 to eh… just over €11,000. These clowns in Revenue haven’t even totted up the figures, they’ve just gone and written to anyone with a second pension – regardless of whether it brings them into the fold for tax or not. I’d be freaking out if I was living on €200 per week and I was told I might lose some of it!

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