It may have missed the attention of most people but a private company is now to do the work that an already apparent far over burdened Irish Revenue Service can’t.
Abtran, the company that was left with egg on its face and a complete mess relating to third level student grants they were supposed to be sorting using a SUSI system (LINK), have now apparently been asked to also take over jobs of Irish Revenue towards people in regard to their Household tax – some who presumably have not paid their charges.
While officially it is supposed to be the Irish Revenue Service that is saying they are managing the Household Tax work – in fact in reality, its a private business that will be doing a lot of Revenue work. (LINK)
By their very own website advertising, the company states “Abtran is the largest indigenous business process outsourcer (BPO) in the Irish market.” They previously have been given other tasks by the government to carry out (news LINK). They operate now in everything from road tolling to other services including education and health.
They had been hired previously at great cost because as one official from the revenue service put it:
“…the Revenue needed to keep as many of its own staff free as possible to handle its main taxation work.”
Previously, Abtran had been also (amid other state projects) been called in to handle also Electric Ireland’s workload with the awarding of a five year contract to them for that lone. It seems that as far as the government oi concerned, Abtran seems to be their go to service – to do the work that they can’t – or won’t As far as the government would have the Irish people knowing (and fearing?) is that its just the Irish Revenue Service thats doing all the work – when in fact a private company is actually involved in the quiet background also!
Abtran previously was also involved with BetEire Flow, a French-owned company which runs barrier free tolling system on M50 around Dublin on behalf of National Roads Authority. LINK.
Note: What the Irish government might NOT want people to know as they try now nearly every day with more fear tactics, is that its TOTALLY ILLEGAL for any private company to automatically take deductions from an individual’s wages or any other sources of money – should they even try to also do so!
There is no if’s or buts about this. For any private company to take deductions, to request others to take deductions from you, they must have your express written permission to do so.
…But the government and the revenue service don’t want you to know about that bit and just want you to be afraid and pay up through fear!