Tuesday 17 September 2019

Consultants, developers and medical professionals among tax defaulters forced to pay almost €10m to Revenue

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Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Consultants, property developers and medical professionals are among the tax defaulters who have had to cough up a total of €9.8m in the latest crackdown by the Revenue Commissioners.

Of the 43 names on the tax defaulters list, the largest individual settlement was for Michael P Doyle, a website consultant based on Dartmouth Road in Ranelagh, Dublin.

Mr Doyle had to pay Revenue €888,619 in under-declared income tax, as well as interest and penalties as a result of a settlement made following an audit.

The next biggest settlement listed was for Mediserve Homecare Limited, which provides an out-of-hours GP callout service.

The company, based in Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin, had to pay €858,518 following an investigation into under-declaration of corporation tax, PAYE, PRSI and Vat.

Two medical professionals based in Co Laois were also hit for income tax breaches.

Nagabathula Ramesh, a consultant radiologist, settled for €440,444, while Thobeka Msani settled for  €119,496.

Some business owners were also hit with hefty bills.

Colm Rudden, a wholesaler of household goods and alcohol from Killynebber, Co Cavan owes Revenue €852,281 for under-declaration of income tax and Vat.

While Noel Turley, a motor vehicle dealer in Athenry, Co Galway, agreed to pay a total of €799,084 for under-declaration of Vat.

Publicans also feature on the list, which covers a three-month period to the end of June.

Dayoff Limited, which runs Breathnachs bar in Co Kilkenny, had to fork out €477,835 after under-declaring Vat.

While CTP Bars, operator of Play Nightclub, settled for €125, 829.

Meanwhile, a property developer was also named for non-declaration of Vat.

Guardian Primary Care, now in liquidation, was hit with a bill for €415,000.

A lessor of short-term accommodation was also included on the list for non-declaration of income tax, but Revenue would not confirm whether this was part of a crackdown on homeowners using Airbnb.

 “For reasons of taxpayer confidentiality, Revenue is precluded from providing any further information other than what is specifically provided for in legislation,” a spokesperson said.

Last year, Revenue issued letters to thousands of homeowners warning them to pay tax on their Airbnb income or risk prosecution.

It must be declared, or property owners leave themselves open to fines and penalties.

The latest defaulters list mentions 43 cases and 21 were for amounts above €100,000, with six exceeding €500,000.

As of June 30, €6,5m of the total €9.8m was unpaid.

In the three-month period, Revenue carried out a total of 740 audits and investigations.

Revenue said it “vigorously pursues collection and enforcement of unpaid settlements. In some cases, collection and recovery of the full unpaid amount will not be possible, for example where a company is in liquidation.”

The tax body also published a separate list of cases where a court determined a penalty relating to a settlement, or imposed a fine, imprisonment or other penalty as a result of a tax or duty offence.

There were nine cases where a court determined penalties, with the total amount to be paid reaching €591,071.

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