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Revenue Departments, And Post Office Packet And Telegraph Services.

Vote 2.

INLAND REVENUE.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to defray the

31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or

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A.-(l.) The sum of -2\ol. IKv. hus been received from the Board of Agriculture in repayment of allowances paid to Inland Revenue Officials during the year 1905-6 in connection with the collection of Agricultural Statistics.

('2.) Surveyors of Taxen in Scotland receive extra remuneration from local sources at the discretion of the Commissioners of Supply, for preparing Registers of Voters for Burghs and Counties under the Act 31 & 32 Viet c. 48, and prior Acts. The net sum of 5.20JM. 2s. 2d. has been received on this account during the year 1905-6.

(3.) Collectors of Inland Revenue in Ireland receive an allowance from the Office of Woods, &c., of '2 per cent, on the amount of Quit Rents collected by them, one-third of such allowance being paid to their clerks. The sum of 645/. 4*. 3rf. was so received in the year 1905-6.

(4.) One Superintendent Warehouseman and two Warehousemen are in receipt of extra allowances of 251., '201., and \0lrespectively, paid out of funds provided by the India Office and the Department of the Crown Agents for the Colonies, for the supervision of the manufacture of water-marked paper for the use of those Departments.

(5.) Officers of the Out-door Department—Excise—receive Rewards (Sub-Head Q.) for the detection of evasions of the Revenue Laws, and a sum of II. 5s. was paid in the year 1905-6 to an Excise Officer as a gratuity for acting temporarily as a Sub-Distributor of Stamps.

(6.) A Principal Clerk in the Secretary's Office received a sum of 40/. from the Treasury Vote for Temporary Commissions, in the year 1905-6, as remuneration for his services as Secretary to the Industrial Alcohol Committee.

Revenue Departments, And Post Office Packet And Telegraph Services.

Vote 2.

- INLAND REVENUE.

Salaries and Expenses of the Inland Revenue Department, in the Year ended Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

Explanation of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.—The saving is principally attributable to the following causes, viz.:—(1) The Excise Surveying Staff not having been maintained at its full authorised strength throughout the year, (2) the establishment changes consequent upon the retirement of a number of official, through ill-health, and (3) the provision for wages to Clerks to Surveyors of Taxes not having been fully required. On the other nand, the provision for copying was considerably exceeded.

B.—The charges for Travelling and Subsistence (General) and for Removal Expenses fell considerably below the amounts provided, and further saving has resulted from the revision of certain of the annual allowances to Supervisors and Officers of Excise for Travelling and Subsistence.

C.—Nearly half of this saving arises in consequence of the new arrangements effected on the death of the Distributor of Stamps at Wakefield and the balance mainly through a great decrease in the poundage paid on receipt of Legacy, &c., Duties in Ireland.

D.—The Excess is almost wholly due to the increases in the commuted allowances for certain districts, sanctioned by the Treasury during the year.

E.—The excess arises through the provision for statutory poundage to Agents for Foreign Dividends, &c., having proved insufficient to meet the claims preferred.

F.—The charges under this head show a decreasing tendency, and the amount provided was not fully required.

G.—The cost of police services at the head office exceeded the provision, and an increased charge was made by the Commissioner of the City Police for the services rendered at the City Office.

H.—The demand for Gauging Instruments, &c., proved to be less than was anticipated.

I.—The provision made for new machinery in connection with the perforation of medicine labels was found to be insufficient.

(7.) The sum of 2SM. 14s. 4d. was received in the year 1905-6, from the Commissioners of Intermediate Education in Ireland, for distribution among certain Stampers, Warehousemen and others in the office of the Comptroller of Stamps, &c., Dublin, employed in connection with the distribution of the stamped forms of the Intermediate Education Commissioners.

(8.) The sum of 1101. has been received from the Department of Agriculture, &c., for Ireland in the year 1905-6 for distribution among certain officers of the Excise Surveying Staff, as remuneration for the collection of Statistics of Agricultural Prices in Ireland, for the purposes of the Land Law (Ireland) Act, 1887.

(9.) Payments in excess of 251. by way of extra remuneration to Inland Revenue Officers (shown in compliance with Treasury Circular of 28th August, 1897) will be found in the Schedule following the Appendix.

C.— The sum of 41. 4*. 2rf. was received in the year 1905-6 from the Commissioners of Intermediate Education in Iruland by certain Distributors of Stamps in Ireland, as Poundage on the sale of the stamped forms of the Intermediate Education Commissioners.

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Vote 2.—Inland Revenuecontinued.

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Revenue Departments, And Post Office Packet And Telegraph Services.

Vote 2.—Inland Revenuecontinued.

Revenue Department, in the Year ended 31st March 1906—continued.

Explanation of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

K.—The provision for Postage w»s not fully expended.

L.—The cost of Chemicals, &c., was more than was anticipated.

M.—The sums provided for water-marked paper and for printing and gumming Inland Revenue Adhesive Stamps were in excess of the requirements.

N.—The cost of obtaining copies of Poor Rates was less than the amount estimated. 0. —The saving arises in consequence of establishment changes in London and Dublin.

P.—The Estimate was based on the amount of expenses incurred in the preceding year, but a greatly increased sum proved to be required in carrying out the various prosecutions in respect of Excise offences during the year. In this connection it should be noted that the amount of the penalties recovered and treated as Appropriations in Aid of Vote exceeded the amount anticipated by about 7,000?.

Q.—The excess is mainly due to the payment of two special rewards of 100?. and 200?. respectively, for which prior Treasury sanction was obtained.

R.—The following amounts have been charged to this Sub-Head under specific Treasury Authority, viz.:—

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Revenue Departments, And Post Office Packet And Telegraph Services.

Vote 2.—Inland Revenuecontinued.

Account of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, for the Inland

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X.—Twelve late Collectors and eight late Clerks to Collectors received pension* from the Land Revenues of the Cro^n in the year 1905-6 in connection with the collection of Quit Rents in Ireland, amounting in all to 429/. 9*. \\d.

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