Income Tax Act, 1967.

Power to require production of accounts and books.

174.—(1) Where a person who has been duly required to deliver a statement of the profits or gains arising to him from any trade or profession fails to deliver the statement, or where the Revenue Commissioners are not satisfied with the statement delivered by any such person, the Revenue Commissioners may serve on that person a notice in writing or notices in writing requiring him to do any of the following things, that is to say—

(a) to deliver to an inspector copies of such accounts (including balance sheets) relating to the trade or profession as may be specified or described in the notice within such period as may be therein specified, including, where the accounts have been audited, a copy of the auditor's certificate;

(b) to make available, within such time as may be specified in the notice, for inspection by an inspector or by any officer authorised by the Revenue Commissioners, all such books, accounts and documents in his possession or power as may be specified or described in the notice, being books, accounts and documents which contain information as to transactions of the trade or profession.

(2) The inspector or other officer may take copies of, or extracts from any books, accounts or documents made available for his inspection under this section.