Dáil Éireann - Volume 628 - 22 November, 2006
Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.
Mr. Stanton Mr. Stanton
Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Finance the estimated amount including AVCs and PRSAs paid by Irish taxpayers into pension plans and schemes approved by the Revenue Commissioners Office in each of the last most recent three years for which data is available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39647/06]
Mr. Cowen Mr. Cowen
Mr. Cowen: I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that figures of contributions to “Retirement Annuity Contracts” (RACs), which are available to the self-employed and to employees not in occupational pension schemes, and to PRSAs, for the tax years 2001, 2002 and 2003 (the latest available) are as follows:
 The figures in respect of employee and employer contributions to occupational pension schemes represent estimates in aggregate form provided on a tentative basis.
Subject to these limitations, and using some data obtained from The Pensions Board, the approximate overall employee contributions are estimated as follows:
As regards employer contributions to employee occupational pension funds, using the estimated level of employee contributions as a basis and making certain assumptions as to the total amount of employer contributions, approximate overall contributions from tax liable and non-liable employers are estimated as follows:
It should be noted, in relation to 2001, that as this was the “short” tax year on foot of the move to the calendar-based tax year, the 2001 figures will not be directly comparable with those of later years.
These figures are very tentative and efforts are being made to improve information on the cost of tax relief for pensions.
Dáil Éireann 628 Written Answers. Pension Provisions.