Hayes denies Government ‘stealing’ UK tax revenue

Wilson says London should put pressure on Dublin

Minister of State for Public Service Reform: denied Ireland is a tax haven. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Public Service Reform: denied Ireland is a tax haven. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

 

Minister of State for Public Service Reform Brian Hayes has denied a claim by Northern Ireland finance minister Sammy Wilson the Government is “stealing” UK tax revenue.

The Democratic Unionist said he was concerned that companies were using the Republic of Ireland to pay tax which he alleged should be paid in the UK.

“My view is that the British government does have some leverage on the Irish Government there, because they have a £7.5 billion loan, that is a lot of leverage,” Mr Wilson told the BBC.

“They should be saying to the government in the Republic, you cannot steal tax revenue from us in this way and that is in fact what has been happening.”

Mr Hayes rejected the claims Ireland was a tax haven. “It is wrong and it is put out there by countries I suspect who are looking to the success we are making of this country in terms of inward investment,” he said. “The fact of the matter is this, it is not Irish tax law that is at stake here, it is other jurisdictions with their tax law.”

British prime minister David Cameron has put tax and transparency at the heart of next week’s G8 agenda and wants the meeting to include country-by-country reporting of where companies pay their tax.

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