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Revenue apologises to 5,000 pensioners after tax blunder

Thousands were charged significantly more tax than they should have been this month.

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REVENUE HAS ISSUED an apology today after it emerged that some 5,000 people had more tax taken from their pensions or salaries this month than they should have.

The error was first reported today in the Irish Independent, which gave an example of one 78-year-old widow who was down €800 because of it.

In a statement today, Revenue said the mistake was the result of a recent upload of Department of Social Protection pension information to its records. A little over 5,000 people have been affected.

“As a result some taxpayers have had more tax deducted from their occupational pension or salary in February than should have been the case,” Revenue explained. “For the vast majority of taxpayers, however, the recent upload of this information was accurately updated to their records.”

“We regret any inconvenience or upset caused to individual taxpayers as a result of this error. The problem will be resolved in the next pension or salary payment made by the pension provider or employer.”

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