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To ask the Minister for Finance the number of people who availed of tax relief in respect to trade union subscriptions in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008; the cost to the Exchequer of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.- David Stanton.

For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 18th February, 2009. Ref No: 6309/09


Minister for Finance ( Mr Lenihan) :

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the most recent year for which the necessary detailed information is available on tax relief for trade union subscriptions is the income tax year 2005, in respect of which some 272,100 claims for tax relief were allowed at an estimated cost to the Exchequer of approximately €11.8 million.

Corresponding information is not yet available for years following 2005.