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RGDATA provides feedback to government on how to make the TBESS easier for retailers to use

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24 January 2023 | 0

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Following EU approval for Ireland’s Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) the Revenue Commissioners opened the TBESS online system for registrations. Independent retailers’ group RGDATA issued a reminder that shop owners are urged to register now with the scheme and provide the details required so you can submit your claim. Click here for full details on how to register.

RGDATA has also submitted feedback to government on how to improve the TBESS scheme and make it easier for retailers to use, which outlined the following points in greater detail:

  • Functionality of the application process – there are persistent complaints from retailers that the functionality of the application process is poor.
  • Complexity of the application process – retailers have also commented that the level of detail required for the application process is incredibly complex.
  • Billing data – Retailers also comment that the application process is not well aligned with the billing and invoicing processes of electricity suppliers. Retailers are likewise reporting that electricity suppliers are not being very cooperative in terms of providing data on billing for the purposes of complying with the information required for the TBESS scheme.
  • Eligible period – Retailers consistently report that many of the worst increases in energy costs came in the period before September 2022. In fact they started in April. Retailers do not understand why the government did not backdate the scheme to the period when these increases started to take their toll on retailers. If the eligible period was backdated to April 2022, the take up would be considerably higher,” RGDATA stated.

 

 

 

 

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