The administration and management of taxes and customs is vested in the Revenue Commissioners, who are subject to the general direction of the Minister for Finance but are independent in the day-to-day management of the Office and in relation to taxpayers' affairs. The Board of the Revenue Commissioners consists of three Commissioners, one of whom is Chairman. The Chairman is the Accounting Officer for Revenue and the Head of the Office under the Public Service Management Act 1997.
The Board meets regularly to deal with a broad range of issues pertaining to Revenue, including strategic direction, the setting of key corporate priorities, financial and risk management, internal audit reports and minutes of Audit Committee meetings, senior management appointments and resource deployment. The Board reviews compliance with key legislation such as the Ethics in Public Office Acts, the Freedom of Information Acts and the Prompt Payment of Accounts legislation.
The Board reports annually to the Minister for Finance on the implementation of Revenue's Statement of Strategy, as required by the Public Service Management Act 1997.
Management Advisory Committee (MAC)
A Management Advisory Committee, consisting of the Board and all Heads of Division (at Assistant Secretary level), meets at least once a month to monitor performance across the organisation. The MAC reviews existing programmes and priorities to ensure that they remain responsive to emerging developments, deals with business issues which have cross-divisional impact and plays a key role in managing corporate risk. A formal system of delegation to each Assistant Secretary is in place, in accordance with the Public Service Management Act, with specified lines of responsibility and accountability to the Board. These responsibilities include the management of risk and of divisional resources. In addition, the Board has formally delegated responsibility for certain Human Resource Management matters to Assistant Secretaries as a group.
Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001
All Revenue officials at Assistant Principal level and above, as well as certain other officials, involved, for example, in procurement decisions, are required to submit an annual Statement of Interests under these Acts. In addition, the Board members are required to submit a Certificate of Tax Clearance not more than nine months before or after taking up duty.
Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour
The Code forms part of the terms and conditions of service of all Civil Servants. It underpins the existing rules in many areas, including Revenue's own Code of Ethics, and sets out the main principles, standards and values that the Civil Service espouses and upholds.
The Civil Service Regulation (Amendment) Act 2005
The Civil Service Regulation (Amendment) Act 2005 gives each Secretary General/Head of Scheduled Office, as appropriate authority, responsibility for managing all matters relating to performance, conduct and discipline of civil servants below Principal Officer level. (Ministers and Government continue to be the appropriate authority for these matters in relation to civil servants at or above Principal level). The Act and the revised Civil Service Disciplinary Code came into effect on 4th July 2006.
While it is the function of management to put in place the necessary systems, processes and procedures required to deliver on Revenue’s business objectives, the Board places a high degree of importance on having such systems and processes independently examined and assessed by Revenue's internal audit function.
The Director of Internal Audit reports directly to the Chairman, as Accounting Officer. Internal audit in Revenue is overseen by an Audit Committee, which is made up of five members, four of whom are from outside Revenue. The role of the Committee is to oversee the internal audit function and to advise the Revenue Board in relation to its operation and development. The Committee operates in accordance with a Charter, which sets out its role, membership functions, working procedures and reporting requirements. The Charter is jointly agreed by the Revenue Board and the Audit Committee and is formally signed off by the Revenue Chairman and the Chairperson of the Audit Committee, who is one of the external members. The Committee meets four times per year - usually in March, June, September and December.
Income & Capital
Border Midlands West
South West *
* In addition, Tony Buckley has National responsibility for Training and Capability Development, reporting to the Chairman.