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Why are Revenue handing out these snazzy pens?

Now that’s what you need to fill out your tax returns.


WHAT WOULD BE the first thing you would write with a brand new set of Revenue Commissioners pens?

A reader spotted this fancy set recently, apparently given as a corporate gift.

However, a spokesperson from the Revenue Commissioners said they’re not particular pricey, and the ones currently in use cost around €10 a set.

The ones pictured are from a pre-1996 batch, judging by the logo.

Occasionally token gifts of nominal monetary value are exchanged between senior managers of tax administrations on business trips as gestures of goodwill.

The spokesperson noted that the numbers gifted depend on the level of international activity in a given year.

“Last year during the EU Presidency,” they said, “we used approximately 220 sets. In 2012, we used 140.”

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