Revenue processed a record 29.8 million customs declarations last year as the full effects of Brexit were felt for the first time.

According to the tax collection agency’s annual report for 2021, 27.1 million of these declarations concerned imports.

This compares to just 1 million import declarations processed in 2020.

Last year marked the first full year of the new trading relationship with the UK after Britain officially left the EU.

In early 2021, after the end of the Brexit transition period, Revenue came under fire from hauliers and logistics companies over start-up issues with some of its new systems designed to deal with the extra paperwork brought about by Brexit.

However, as the year progressed, these issues were resolved.

“There is no doubt that the first quarter of 2021 has been extremely challenging for all stakeholders, including ourselves and other state agencies and departments, DAFM and HSE, as we tackle the practical and day-to-day challenges posed by the UK’s departure from the EU,” said Commissioner for Taxes and Director General of Customs, Gerry Harrahill.

“Our approach to addressing all challenges was collaborative and solution-focused and included significant engagement with key stakeholder groups and individual companies.”

“The valuable insights we have gained through our extensive engagement with businesses and trade representative organizations have enabled us and other state agencies to streamline processes and improve our services.”

In total over the year, Revenue said 86% of all freight vehicle movements from Britain to Ireland passed freely through Irish ports without requiring further interaction with Revenue or any other agency. ‘State.

“It’s clear that businesses have made tremendous strides in adapting to new requirements over the past year,” Mr Harrahill said.

The report also describes how Revenue collected a record amount of taxes and duties in 2021.

Gross revenue amounted to €96.6 billion, including €17.5 billion of non-treasury revenue collected on behalf of other ministries, agencies and EU member states, the report said.

Net Treasury revenue of 67.5 billion euros is up 20% – or 11.3 billion euros – compared to 2020. Corporate tax revenue amounts to 15.3 billion euros.

“Despite the challenges and uncertainty of ever-changing and, in some cases, rapidly changing business environments, timely compliance rates remained strong for all taxes for 2021,” said Niall Cody, President of the revenue.

“This reflects the positive engagement of businesses, individual taxpayers and tax practitioners over the year and their contribution to a strong culture of voluntary compliance, despite the challenges many have faced.”

There was a 97% return and payment compliance rate for mid-sized businesses with very high levels of compliance maintained overall, Revenue said.

But it also completed more than 463,800 compliance interventions, netting €1.39 billion in taxes, interest and penalties, the highest annual compliance return recorded to date.

The annual report also describes the many changes that were made at pace by Revenue to the tax system last year to deal with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

In total, more than €10 billion in support has been paid out to affected companies, employers and employees.

4.61 billion euros were claimed under the employment wage subsidy program by nearly 47,600 employers for 628,000 employees.

A total of €4.8 billion in Covid Restrictions Support Scheme payments have been claimed by 21,400 businesses relating to 24,650 premises for 2021 and a total of €7.93 million in Covid Restrictions Support Scheme payments the resumption of activity were requested by 1,988 companies with 2,008 professions.

As of December 31, 2.94 billion euros in tax debt were stored for 98,000 companies.

“The economic outlook for Covid-19 continues to improve, with public health restrictions largely lifted entirely at this stage,” Cody said.

“The CRSS and BRSS have ended and, as required by law, we have published a list of companies that have taken advantage of both schemes on our website. While payments made under the EWSS are currently limited to businesses impacted by public health restrictions introduced in December 2021, these will also end at the end of this month.”

Over €30 million in tax settlements were also agreed with 86 taxpayers during the year.

While drugs worth almost 115 million euros and tobacco products worth more than 67 million euros were seized.

At the end of 2021, Revenue had more than 6,780 permanent employees working there, which equates to 6,530 full-time equivalents.