Solicitor fined for failing to file tax returns
A SOLICITOR turned property developer was ordered to pay fines totalling €6,000 today for failing to file tax returns.
Angela Farrell, of North Great George's Street in Dublin, who is a specialist in commercial property, commercial developments and corporate law, had been prosecuted by the DPP at the suit of the Revenue Commissioners.
She did not turn up for her hearing at Dublin District Court today and her lawyer told Judge John O'Neill that her client was asking for adjournment.
However, noting that Ms Farrell's lawyer had not been given any instructions as to why the adjournment was being sought, Judge O'Neill proceeded with hearing the case.
Ms Farrell was prosecuted on two counts under the Taxes Consolidation Act for failing to file tax returns on or before October 31, 2010 and October 31, 2011. Each offence carries a fine of up to €5,000.
Prosecution counsel Eileen Finn told Judge O'Neill that Ms Farrell worked as a solicitor and a property developer and had one prior case for a similar matter.
In her absence, Judge John O'Neill fined Ms Farrell €3,000 for each offence.
He also ordered that the fines must be paid within three months otherwise she would be jailed for 14 days. The judge also ordered Ms Farrell to file the tax returns.