123A Debit cards.
(1) In this section—
“accounting period” has the same meaning as it has for the purposes of section 27 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997;
“bank” means a person who holds a licence granted by the Central Bank of Ireland under section 9 of the Central Bank Act 1971;
“building society” means a building society which stands incorporated, or deemed by section 124(2) of the Building Societies Act 1989, to be incorporated, under that Act and includes a company registered under section 106 of that Act;
“card account” means an account maintained by a promoter to which, amongst other possible amounts, amounts in respect of goods, services or cash obtained by a person by means of a debit card, within the meaning of this section, are charged;
“debit card” means a card, not being a combined card within the meaning assigned to it by section 123, issued by a promoter to a person having an address in the State by means of which goods, services or cash may be obtained by the person and amounts in respect of the goods, services or cash may be charged to the card account;
“due date” means—
(a) in the case of the year 2002, the date of the end of the accounting period ending in that year, where that date is on or after 5 December 2002, and
(b) in the case of the year 2003 and each subsequent year, the date of the end of the accounting period ending in that year;
“promoter” means a bank or a building society.
(2) A promoter shall, within 2 months of the due date falling in the year 2002 and, within 1 month of the due date falling in the year 2003 and each subsequent year, deliver to the Commissioners a statement in writing showing the number of debit cards issued at any time by the promoter and which are valid—
(a) in the case of the year 2002, at any time during the period from 5 December 2002 to the due date,
(b) in the case of the year 2003, at any time during the accounting period ending in that year but not before 5 December 2002 where that date falls within the accounting period, and
(c) in the case of the year 2004 and each subsequent year, at any time during the accounting period ending in that year.
(3) Notwithstanding subsection (2)—
(a) if the debit card is not used at any time during any period referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of subsection (2),
(b) if the debit card is issued in respect of a card account—
(i) which is a deposit account, and
(ii) the average of the daily positive balances in the account does not exceed €12.70 in any of the periods referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of subsection (2),
(c) if the debit card is a replacement for a debit card which is already included in the relevant statement,
then it shall not be included in the statement relating to such period.
(4) There shall be charged on every statement delivered in pursuance of subsection (2) a stamp duty at the rate of €10 in respect of each debit card included in the number of cards shown in the statement.
(5) The duty charged by subsection (4) on a statement delivered by a promoter pursuant to subsection (2) shall be paid by the promoter on delivery of the statement.
(6) There shall be furnished to the Commissioners by a promoter such particulars as the Commissioners may deem necessary in relation to any statement required by this section to be delivered by the promoter.
(7) In the case of failure by a promoter to deliver any statement required by subsection (2) within the time provided for in that subsection or of failure to pay the duty chargeable on any such statement on the delivery of the statement, the promoter shall be liable to pay,
>by means of penalty,< in addition to the duty, >interest on the duty at the rate of 0.0322 per cent for each day or part of a day< from the date to which the statement relates (in this subsection referred to as the “due date”) to the date on which the duty is paid and also, by means of >further penalty<, a sum of €380 for each day the duty remains unpaid after the expiration of one month from the due date >and each penalty shall be recoverable in the same manner as if the penalty were part of the duty<.
(8) The delivery of any statement required by subsection (2) may be enforced by the Commissioners under section 47 of the Succession Duty Act 1853 in all respects as if such statement were such account as is mentioned in that section and the failure to deliver such statement were such default as is mentioned in that section.
(9) A promoter shall be entitled to charge to the card account the amount of stamp duty payable in respect of the debit card by virtue of this section and may apply the terms and conditions governing that account to interest on that amount.
(10) An account, charge card, company charge card or supplementary card within the meaning, in each case, assigned to it by section 124 and which attracts the payment of the stamp duty payable by virtue of that section shall not attract the payment of the stamp duty payable by virtue of this section.
(11) Where a promoter changes its accounting period and, as a result, stamp duty under this section would not be chargeable or payable in a year (in this section referred to as the “relevant year”), then the following provisions shall apply:
(a) duty shall be chargeable and payable in the relevant year as if the accounting period had not been changed,
(b) duty shall also be chargeable and payable within one month of the date of the end of the accounting period ending in the relevant year, and
(c) the duty chargeable and payable by virtue of paragraph (b) shall, subject to subsection (3), be chargeable and payable in respect of debit cards issued at any time by the promoter and which are valid at any time during the period from the due date as determined by paragraph (a) to the due date as determined by paragraph (b).