Sunday 17 November 2019

Model behaviour ... Gilson named on tax defaulters list

Glenda Gilson leaving court in June after winding up the company which she owned with
her brother. She was revealed to be in trouble with the taxman yesterday. COURTPIX
Glenda Gilson leaving court in June after winding up the company which she owned with her brother. She was revealed to be in trouble with the taxman yesterday. COURTPIX
Glenda Gilson leaving court in June after winding up the company which she owned with her brother. She was revealed to be in trouble with the taxman yesterday. COURTPIX

Grainne Cunningham

MODEL and TV presenter Glenda Gilson has been revealed as a tax defaulter in the latest list of defaulters from the Revenue Commissioners

The 'Xpose' presenter made a €73,000 settlement for the underpayment of income tax and VAT, including €16,595 in interest and €13,017 in penalties.

This is the second time recently that the 31-year-old model has fallen foul of the taxman. She incurred the wrath of a High Court judge last year after the Gilson Motor Company she owned with her brother Damien went bust. The company was eventually wound up after racking up more than €140,000 in unpaid VAT, PAYE and PRSI.

Ms Gilson and her brother are listed as directors of the company registered at Annaly Drive, Ongar Wood, Dublin 15.

Filings at the Companies Office showed there are 100 shares in the firm, with Ms Gilson owning 1pc and her brother holding the rest.

Speaking shortly after the company was wound up, Ms Gilson said: "Obviously as a result of the downturn in the economy things went bad with the business. As a director of the company I suppose I'm a handy photograph for the papers. It's a hard time, but hopefully we'll get through it."

Following her publication on the defaulters' list yesterday, Ms Gilson was not answering her phone.

But the economic collapse has not been kind to her. In 2008, just weeks before the bank bailout deal was signed, she bought the second of two apartments she now owns in the Spencer Dock development, built by her millionaire ex-lover Johnny Ronan.

While it is not known what she paid for the apartments, a two-bedroom apartment in the same complex was advertised in August 2008 at €450,000.

Buyers were promised access to a health club, tennis court, landscaped grounds, waterside park, concierge service and 24-hour security as well as an underground parking space.

The properties are now worth considerably less than their hefty 2008 price tag.

Irish Independent

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