Saturday 24 February 2018

Latest Revenue tax swoop rakes in over €21m

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

A Manufacturer of children's sweets, publicans, doctors, plasterers and car dealers are among those who've coughed up over €21m in taxes, interest and penalties following a Revenue Commissioners probe.

The largest settlement, for just over €3m, was made by Alan Miller of Stepaside in Dublin, who was also jailed for tax offences.

The landlord was found to have a capital gains tax liability and an underdeclaration of income tax, and was liable to pay the taxman €1.1m.

However, another €1m in interest and almost €856,000 in penalties were added to the final bill.

Last December, Mr Miller (69) pleaded guilty to six counts of failing to file returns for VAT, income tax and capital gains tax, and also filing incorrect tax returns, on dates between 2003 and 2009.

The Circuit Criminal Court was told that Mr Miller had sold part of a renovated property he owned on Capel Street in Dublin in the early 2000s, netting about €6.2m.

The court heard how Mr Miller now has no income, no assets and was refused the State pension. The bank was also about to foreclose on his family home.

The judge hearing the case said that despite Mr Miller's significant financial liability to the taxman, it appeared the money would never be repaid.

In January, he received a three-year custodial sentence for the offences, with two years suspended.

He has three previous convictions for failing to file tax returns between 1993 and 1998, for which he was fined.

Zed Candy, a Dublin-based sweet maker whose products include 'Tornado Pops' (above)' and 'Jawbreakers', made a €390,000 settlement with the Revenue Commissioners. The company also owns the Oatfield brand. The payment to the taxman was a result of an underdeclaration of PAYE/PRSI, VAT and capital gains tax.

The company is headed by Brendan Roantree and Donal Kavanagh and exports most of the products it makes. It has factories in Ireland, the UK and China.

The company's records show that Mr Roantree is resident in Malta. Zed Candy is directly owned by two Isle of Man firms, which are in turn controlled by Mr Roantree and Mr Kavanagh.

Property developers Sean and Anthony Deane of Dublin made a €2.6m settlement with the Revenue for the underdeclaration of VAT.


In 2012, the Commercial Court granted €19m worth of judgment orders against the Deane brothers, after rejecting their claim that they had struck an agreement that the money would be repaid following the sale of a series of properties.

Just three months earlier, Sean Deane had been celebrating the win of champion racehorse Quevega at the Cheltenham Festival.

The horse won the Mares' Hurdle a record six times in a row at Cheltenham, with rider Ruby Walsh in the saddle. Quevega was trained by the legendary Willie Mullins, and was retired last year. Mr Deane co-owns the horse with another developer. Last November, Cheltenham racecourse named a new bar after the horse.

Joseph Simon, a company director, property developer and landlord of Boyle, Co Roscommon, settled for €1.5m with the Revenue Commissioners. He owns Joe Simon Building Supplies in the town.

Car dealer Stephen Fisk of Summerhill, Co Meath made a €1.27m settlement for underdeclaration of VAT.

He was a director of a now dissolved car firm, and is also co-owns a pub.

Irish Independent

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