The Revenue revealed in February that the number of people who had missed the 31 January deadline was 900,000, but reports in today’s press said the figure has jumped to 1.5m.
A Revenue spokesman said the department had ‘no idea’ where the new figure, which appeared in the Financial Times, had come from, but said the department stood by its orignal estimate.
One possibility is confusion over 400,000 debt letters issued by the Revenue, which may have been misinterpreted as taxpayers who missed the deadline.
The deadline is only for returns, debt issues might continue long after that date.
‘We really don’t know these figures have come from,’ the spokesman said.
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