Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005

Regulations providing for collection of self-employment contributions, etc.

[1993 s20(1); 1997 s33(1)(a)]

23.—(1) For the purposes of self-employment contributions payable under section 21 (1)(a), (b) and (c), regulations may provide for—

(a) the time and manner of payment of self-employment contributions,

(b) the collection and the recovery of and the furnishing of details in relation to self-employment contributions,

(c) the charging of interest on arrears of self-employment contributions,

(d) the waiving of interest due on arrears of self-employment contributions,

(e) the estimation of amounts due in respect of self-employment contributions and appeals in relation to those estimates,

(f) the furnishing of returns by employers in relation to periods of insurable self-employment,

(g) the deduction by an employer from the reckonable emoluments of a self-employed contributor of any self-employment contribution reasonably believed by the employer to be due by the contributor, and adjustment in any case of over-deduction, and

(h) any matter ancillary or incidental to any of the matters referred to in paragraphs (a) to (g).

[1993 s20(2)]

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), regulations under that subsection may provide for the assignment of any function relating to a matter referred to in that subsection to the Collector-General or any other specified person.

[1993 s20(3); 2002 (MP) s14(b)]

(3) The provisions of any enactment or instrument made under any enactment relating to—

(a) the estimation, collection and recovery (including the provisions relating to the offset of taxes and appropriation of payments in Chapter 5 of Part 42 of the Act of 1997) of income tax or the inspection of records for those purposes, or

(b) appeals in relation to income tax, or

(c) the publication of names of persons under section 1086 of the Act of 1997,

shall apply in relation to self-employment contributions in respect of reckonable emoluments which the Collector-General is obliged to collect as if the contributions were an amount of income tax which the employer was liable to remit to the Collector-General under the Income Tax (Employments) (Consolidated) Regulations 2001 ( S.I. No. 559 of 2001 ).

[1993 s20(4); 1997 s33(1)(b)]

(4) Other than in the case of the class or classes of self-employed contributors that may be prescribed, self-employment contributions payable by a self-employed contributor for a contribution year under section 21 (1)(a) in respect of reckonable income shall be assessed, charged and paid in all respects as if they were an amount of income tax and they may be stated in one sum (hereafter in this subsection referred to as the “aggregated sum”) with the income tax contained in any computation of or assessment to income tax made by or on the self-employed contributor for the year of assessment (within the meaning of the Income Tax Acts) which coincides with the contribution year and for this purpose the self-employed contributions may be so stated notwithstanding that there is no amount of income tax contained in that computation or assessment and all the provisions of the Income Tax Acts, other than any such provisions in so far as they relate to the granting of any allowance, deduction or relief, apply as if the aggregated sum were a single sum of income tax.

[1993 s20(5); Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 Sch 31]

(5) (a) Subject to paragraph (b), where an election made or deemed to be made under section 1018 of the Act of 1997 has effect for the year of assessment the self-employment contributions payable by a wife shall be charged, collected and recovered as if they were the contributions of her husband.

(b) The question as to the amount of the self-employment contributions payable in respect of the husband or the wife are not affected by this subsection.

[1993 s20(6); 2001 s25(1)]

(6) In any proceedings instituted by virtue of this Act, a certificate purporting to be signed by an officer of the Revenue Commissioners or by any officer duly appointed by the Minister in that behalf which certifies that an amount in respect of employment or self-employment contributions is due and payable by the defendant shall be evidence until the contrary is proved that that amount is so due and payable.