Irish students are paying their taxes and other obligations to support the nation’s coding education.
A new Government report into the country’s tax affairs published on Monday shows that for the past six years Irish students have paid tax on their overseas earnings.
The report, which is the first official look at the issue, says that between January and December this year, about 10,000 Irish students paid their taxes abroad.
The report found that of those students who paid taxes, about a quarter had earned income outside the country.
A further 13,000 students paid tax in the country and those who were abroad earned more than €2,000.
The Government has said that it has a plan to crack down on tax evasion.
But for many Irish students, the problem is much more complicated.
The students have to pay tax on the value of their overseas income.
This includes the value for the education they received, their salary, their tax, the value they paid in property tax, and any capital gains.
The data shows that in 2016, about 1,800 students were paying tax on overseas earnings worth about €20,000, with the majority of the students paying the entire amount, €21,000 or more.
The number of students paying tax was higher for the higher-earning students.
The number of Irish students paying taxes on overseas income was nearly half as high at 4,000 and the number of high-earners paying taxes at just over 1,000 for those earning more than the €100,000 a year.
The Government is already cracking down on the issue of tax evasion and has issued guidelines for the payment of tax to overseas students.
In recent years, the number and nature of foreign income that is claimed has grown as the economy has deteriorated.
The OECD recently warned that the country is facing the “largest and most complex issue of international tax compliance” in the world.
In an interview on RTÉ’s This Week with Matt Cardy, OECD Director General Jens Stoltenberg said the country was “losing ground” in tax compliance.
Mr Stolstenberg said that Ireland’s financial system is “laying in ruins” and he called on the Government to take immediate action.