The ICMSA President, John Comer, has told Ministers Noonan and Howlin that plans to bring forward the pay-and-file deadline for self-employed in line with earlier budgets will play havoc with farm families who need their SFPs to meet their tax liabilities. Mr Comer made the observation at a meeting last Thursday with Ministers Noonan and Howlin at which the farm organisation delegation also addressed land policy, taxation issues to support Irish Agriculture, funding of vital Farm Schemes, family farm taxation and social welfare issues.
At the meeting Minister Noonan outlined the fact that Budgets will be earlier in future years and that the Government will need to know the value of receipts from the self-employed in advance of the Budget. Mr. Comer pointed out that this would have a very significant negative impact on farm families as many depend on their Single Farm Payment to pay tax liabilities and we now know that farmers will not receive the first 50 percent of this payment until the 16 October. Mr. Comer stated that Minister Noonan must ensure the current payment date is not changed but that flexibility regarding the date for filing returns could be considered.