number of MPs owning LTC's with tax losses related to residential properties owned by them

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From: s devoy

Dear Inland Revenue Department,

What is the number of MPs owning LTC's with tax losses related to residential properties owned by them ?

Yours faithfully,

s devoy

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Inland Revenue Department

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Good morning

Thank you for your request made under the Official Information Act 1982. We will respond to your request within 20 working days from the date of receipt.

Kind regards,

Government & Executive Services

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Inland Revenue Department


Attachment 19OIA1055 signed response Devoy.docx.pdf
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[IN CONFIDENCE RELEASE EXTERNAL]

Good Afternoon S Devoy

Please find attached a response to your Official Information Act request, on behalf of Catherine Simpson, Manager, Government & Executive Services (Acting).

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Government & Executive Services

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From: s devoy

Dear oia,
I object to the reasons given for refusal of my request for the number of MPs owning LTCs with tax losses related to residential properties owned by them.
The reasons given were that... "as the information requested relates to the financial affairs of individual taxpayers, it is considered sensitive revenue information. Section 18 of the TAA states that sensitive revenue information can only be released if there is a permitted disclosure. There is no permitted disclosure.....I have decided to refuse your request under section 18(c)(i) of the OIA." (contrary to the provisions of a specified enactment).
However, the TAA, Section16C Key Terms, states:
"Meaning of sensitive revenue information
For the purposes of this subpart and schedule 7, sensitive revenue information—
(a) means revenue information that relates to the affairs of a person or entity—
• (i) that identifies, or is reasonably capable of being used to identify, the person or entity, whether directly or indirectly; or
• (ii) that might reasonably be regarded as private, commercially sensitive, or otherwise confidential; or
• (iii) the release of which could result in loss, harm, or prejudice to a person to whom or to which it relates: "
I contend that disclosing the number of MPs does not identify any individual person or entity, so cannot be defined as sensitive revenue information as defined in TAA Section 16C, and therefore that OIA Section 18(c)(i) does not apply,

Yours sincerely,

s devoy

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