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Saturday 25 March 2017

Revenue going after 'double-job' entertainers

'Moonlighting' DJs, musicians face crackdown in bid to prop up taxes

NIAMH HORAN Entertainment News Reporter

The Revenue Commissioners have confirmed that they are cracking down on 'moonlighting' entertainers.

Nightclubs, DJs, musicians and talent agents, pubs and venues will now be the subject of "strong focus" from Revenue investigators in the coming months as part of their efforts to prop up falling tax revenues.

The crackdown comes as top radio DJ Tony Fenton has confirmed he made a settlement of €61,117 with the Revenue Commissioners for undeclared income.

Speaking about the settlement, Mr Fenton, whose real name is Anthony James Fagan, of Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin, said he would be dealing with the Revenue on an "on-going basis".

The Today FM presenter, who broadcasts his popular afternoon show between 2.30pm and 4.30pm weekdays, explained: "I know there are two things for certain in this world: death and taxes. And I was wondering which would be a problem for me first.

"I have never been shy with the Revenue and, like everyone else, I am dealing with them on an on-going basis," he said. "It will be sorted shortly and they have been understanding."

Mr Fenton's first big break came in pirate radio stations. The one-time 'pirate' radio DJ moved to Today FM in 2004, where he presents The Afternoon Show. He was named PPI Music Broadcaster of the Year in 2008.

He is just one of a number of entertainers who have become the "strong focus" for the taxman in recent months.

"I can confirm that one area of cash businesses which Revenue has been focusing on is the entertainment sector. This includes nightclubs, DJ's and musicians. It also includes the agents and agencies providing entertainers to pubs and venues and the venues themselves," said a spokesman.

"These operations form an important part of Revenue's endeavours to manage the risks in the shadow economy and they also play a vital role in the promotion of tax and social welfare compliance through public visibility.

"The Revenue is geared to improving the level of compliance through interventions aimed at identified areas of risk and to give reassurance to compliant taxpayers that every taxpayer will pay their fair share."

The spokesperson added: "Of course, there is no suggestion that businesses visited in the course of these operations are necessarily non-compliant."

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