Farmers amongst worst tax defaulters in the country, Revenue figures show
Farmers account for the third highest number of tax defaulters, according to an analysis of figures from the Revenue Commissioners.
The analysis looked at details of 2,200 cases published by Revenue from January 2012 to September 2017. The taxman names and shames the individuals or companies in the tax defaulters' list every three months.
The list includes every case where a settlement with an individual or company was made, above a threshold of €35,000.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of the names who have appeared on the lists are the self-employed and companies - both of whom have to file their taxes outside the PAYE system.
The worst single category among those caught was people who described themselves in at least part of their occupation as "company director", who made up 11pc of cases.
The next biggest grouping was drawn from those who listed an occupation in the construction industry (7pc) or farming (6pc).
Irish Farmers' Association spokesman Martin Stapleton attributes the sector's prominence to the fact there are 100,000 farmers in Ireland.
"The IFA would have no sympathy for those who deliberately try to avoid their tax," said Mr Stapleton, who is chairman of the IFA's farm business committee.