Dáil Éireann - Volume 633 - 20 March, 2007
Written Answers. - Tax Code.
Mr. Costello Mr. Costello
Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Finance the number and percentage of income earners who are paying tax at the higher rate and the standard rate for 2006; the anticipated figures for each category for 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10227/07]
Mr. Cowen Mr. Cowen
Mr. Cowen: The information requested by the Deputy in a format which presents the data in terms of the effective tax rates actually paid by taxpayers is set out in the table. This is the same format as used for the presentation of pre-Budget 2007 and post-Budget 2007 distributions of earners in the 2007 Budget booklet.
Figures in the table are rounded to the nearest hundred and any apparent discrepancies in totals are due to this. The figures are estimates from the Revenue tax forecasting model using actual data for the year 2003 adjusted as necessary for income and employment growth for the years in question. It should be noted that a married couple who has elected or has been deemed to have elected for joint assessment is counted as one tax unit.
Mr. Callely Mr. Callely
Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Finance if there has been a noticeable increase in the importation of second-hand cars; the three top countries of origin for such imports; the VRT applicable; the revenue that has been generated over the past five years on such VRT; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10203/07]
Mr. Cowen Mr. Cowen
Mr. Cowen: The tables set out the number of second hand cars imported  and the VRT revenue generated on such cars over the past five years. The VRT rates applicable to such cars are also provided.
After declining over a number of years, there has been a strong growth in the import of used cars over recent years. Such cars are now imported primarily from the United Kingdom, followed in 2006 by imports from Japan and Singapore. It should be noted that the same VRT rates structure applies to new cars and to imported used cars.
Dáil Éireann 633 Written Answers. Tax Code.