Monday 18 December 2017

Folk duo plan series of gigs to pay €6m in tax arrears

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

SINGERS Foster and Allen have planned a series of gigs across Ireland, the UK and Australia in an attempt to raise funds after being hit with a massive tax bill.

The Westmeath entertainers were last month ordered by Mr Justice John Hedigan to pay around €3m each in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest.

The duo are appealing the decision claiming they "most certainly don't have the money".

But they now plan to go on the road.

"The support has been incredible these past few weeks," Tony Allen told the Irish Independent.

"People right around the world are wishing us well, saying prayers for us that it will work out, and hoping this won't be the end of Foster and Allen.

"Well there is absolutely no chance of that happening."

Crisis

Mr Allen said the pair had been in a series of crisis meetings with their record company, solicitors and accountants in an attempt to solve the problem.

"Everyone getting together like this has been good for morale," added Mr Allen (59).

Along with a string of gigs, they aim to invite up to 400 paying fans to join them on a seven-night golf trip to Cadiz in Spain next May.

But whatever money is generated, Mr Allen said it would fall short of Revenue's demand.

"We don't know where we are going to get that kind of money from but we'll have to cross that bridge when we know where we stand at the end. Hopefully something can be worked out but we have no idea," he said.

Mr Allen, of Kileenatoor, Mount Temple, Co Westmeath, is appealing a judgment for €3.389m against him -- arising from unpaid income taxes and penalties between 1986 and 1997. Mick Foster (64) of Walshtown, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, is appealing a €2.947m judgment against him relating to unpaid taxes from 1986 to 2002.

The musical duo said they were victims of a fraud by accountant and barrister Patrick Russell of Steelstown, Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

Mr Alllen revealed that well-known names from the music business had contacted them since the High Court judgment offering them personal support, including Daniel O'Donnell, Mick Flavin and Brendan Shine.

Irish Independent

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