RTE News are today reporting that “the Revenue Commissioners have raided the home of Independent TD Michael Lowry”.
I find this report very puzzling, and I’m at a loss to understand how this news came into RTE’s possession.
I presume Mr. Lowry didn’t tell them – even if he had the time and inclination, I can’t understand why he would do so.
After all, having one’s home raided by the taxman is an inconvenience that people generally prefer to keep to themselves.
And I am equally certain that Revenue didn’t tip off RTE either. After all, their Customer Service Charter reassures taxpayers of “Consistency, Equity and Confidentiality” as follows:
“Revenue will treat the information you give us in confidence and ensure that it will not be used or disclosed except as provided for by law.”
This generally means that if Revenue raid your neighbour’s home, it won’t feature on the national news. Yet Mr. Lowry’s latest tax discomfort has now somehow become public.
All very puzzling indeed.