The European Commission is taking the UK government to court because it
… does not require fuel distributors to have two separate fuel tanks to distinguish between the lower tax marked fuel and the fuel subject to the standard rate.
As a result, owners of pleasure craft sometimes (poor dears) find themselves with no choice but to buy red diesel and they may not pay the right amount of tax, which is no doubt a cause of great sadness to them.
As I (and the Irish Examiner) reported some time ago, the Commission is also coming after Ireland’s ludicrous arrangement. Ireland was to respond to the Reasoned Opinion by 16 June 2014; the Revenue Commissioners have not told me how (or indeed whether) they responded.
Posted in Economic activities, Extant waterways, Foreign parts, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Non-waterway, Operations, People, Politics, Sea, Sources, Tourism, Water sports activities, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged boats, European Commission, green diesel, Ireland, marked gas oil, mineral oil tax, Operations, red diesel, UK, waterways
Text of email sent today to the Revenue Commissioners press office:
I would be grateful if you could tell me:
– how much marked gas oil was supplied to sellers of diesel fuel along Irish inland waterways in years ending 31 December 2009 and 2010
– what rates of duty applied in those periods
– how much duty was paid by owners of private pleasure craft for each of those years using form PPN1 Mineral Oil Tax Return.
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Tagged boats, diesel, duty, engine, fuel, green diesel, Ireland, red diesel, tax