Friday 15 December 2017

Over 44 million cigarettes worth €23.5m seized by Revenue in 2016

There were a total of 113 convictions for tobacco-related offences
There were a total of 113 convictions for tobacco-related offences
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Over 44 million cigarettes and 1,527kg of tobacco valued at €23.5m and €0.74m were seized in raids carried out by the Revenue Commissioners in 2016.

There were a total of 113 convictions for tobacco-related offences during the year the report said.

Meanwhile 1,678kg of drugs with a street value of €30m were seized, according to the Revenue’s annual report.

More than 350,000 litres of fuel was confiscated by the Revenue, including a seizure of 26,000 litres at a Northern Ireland site in a joint investigation carried out between the Revenue and HMRC.

Another 14 tanks of the same fuel were sized in subsequent operations carried out in Dublin and Belfast.

The total quantity of fuel sized north and south of the border was 390,000 litres.

“The cooperative approach deployed in this international operation has ensured that the illegal activities of a significant organised crime group has been successfully foiled,” the report said.

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Net tax and duty receipts increased to €47.95bn, up 4.7pc from 2015. This was the sixth successive year-on-year increase in Exchequer receipts, and the highest figure for net receipts in the history of the state.

Almost all taxes and duties showed significant increases including corporation tax, up 7pc, and total incomes taxes up 4.5pc.

There were over 2,000 detentions of counterfeit goods involving 71,044 items with an estimated value of €7.8m.

“The trade in counterfeit goods continues to be an area of concern,” the report said.

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