Retention of Tax Records in Electronic Format

The Information Technology and Procedural requirements to which any electronic, photographic or other process used for the storage, maintenance, transmission, reproduction and communication of any record must conform were published by Revenue in Iris Oifigiúil on 27 January 2012.

The updated requirements differ from the previous requirements (see Tax Briefing 46, December 2001) in two respects:

  • It is now no longer a requirement to retain the paper originals of any third party record where an electronic copy of the original record is generated, recorded and stored in accordance with the information technology and procedural requirements as published.
  • Addition of a requirement that all electronic copies of records must be accessible to a Revenue official in paper or electronic form, the method and format of delivery to be specified by the Revenue official at the time the records are being requested.