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The Seventh Report Fees, Gratuities, Perquisites Ireland

31/01/1809

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so ( Ireland.)— Seventh REPORT or THE COMMISSIONERS [ Excife. thereby made equal with the Duty charged on the fame commodity in Eld * The annual receipts of Duty on Paper- hangings have varied con- w N. l8. fiderably; and although, as appears by the Return in the Appendix, P fomewhat increafed within the laft two years, in which alone the charge by AffefFment had full operation, have not exceeded the urn ot r j 5- 74. 4. of. This fum, when reduced by the expence of collection, which in the Dublin Diftfia alone employs one Surveyor at a falary of / 130. and four Gangers at a falary of from £. 80. to £. 120. would fcarcely compenfate for the trouble of collecting, if further produce was not to be expefited from improved attention and A N'. io opinions, however, of the moft refpeftable perfons of the trade, as well as ' 20,21, 22.' the inferences refulting from the various frauds that appear to be praCtifed againft the collection of this Duty, feem to warrant the preemption, that 110 inconfiderable proportion of it is now loft to the Public. It leems to App< N° 19." have been the pradice of the Officers in charge of Paper- ftainers, to fuffer 22, & 23. them to keep in ftore the pieces that were grounded for ftaining ( that is, in an unfinifhed ftate, with the ground or firft colour only laid on) for many months, and to forbear charging the Duty on them until the ftaining was completed, and frequently until the Paper was to be expofed for fale. This permiffion is in direCt oppofition to the regulations of the 45th Geo. III. c. 106, requiring, that as foon as any Paper fhall be printed, painted or framed, it fhould " be marked and charged with " Duty." It is certain that fuch a relaxation of the Law cannot be continued without hazard, as by favouring an accumulation of ftock, it renders the dete6tion of fraud more difficult. 45 Geo. in. c. 106. The provifions of the ACt of 1805, for regulating the manner in which an account of all Paper taken into ftock by Paper- ftainers fhould be kept, if duly and faithfully executed both by Trader and Officer, would go fome Appx N° 19. length to prevent evafions of this Duty; we however learn that thefe 22, & 23. regulations have been totally difregarded both by the Traders and the Officers; but even if they had been carried into execution, their efficacy would very much reft 011 the dependance that could be placed on the verification of the accounts of the Paper taken into ftock, which is required to be made quarterly before the ColleCtor; and when we find that the oath which the law requires to be taken by the Trader 011 delivering in / » PP* N' 21. his monthly Return is feldom adminiftered, or if adminiftered, clone in App* N° 22. a manner, as that a Trader of fome eminence declared to lis, he did not conceive he was taking an oath, we fear that no great reliance can be placed 011' thefe verifications, and that other guards muft be refort'ed to. With refpea to the general execution of their duties by the Officers em- ployed in the colleaion of this Duty, we have to notice that prevailing ignorance which originates, as well from too great inattention to their competency at the time of admiffion, as from the negleft to furnifh them with the necefTary books of inftrudHon. On the ill confequences of fuch omiffipn we have had frequent occafion to remark, and have found them ehlrTl u * C lgfraaCe ° f the GauSers Purveyors in ' nc n bi° e o T this Duty, who were in many instances ZSe rP Tthe TIeS ° f their 0Wn b00ks' of which the uncorded errors and contradictions would warrant the preemption, that
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