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Friday 23 August 2019

Priest and singer on Revenue shame lists as €17.6m recouped

Grainne Cunningham and Ralph Riegel

A TAX-EVADING priest and a postmaster who owed €1.3m in unpaid taxes and penalties were among those on the Revenue Commissioner's list of tax defaulters published yesterday.

In the three months to the end of September, the Revenue Commissioners recouped a total of €17.66m from tax evaders, with a total of 76 settlements, three of which exceeded €1m.

The singer Brendan Shine and the horse trainer and former partner of Tracy Piggott, Stephen Mahon, were on a separate list published by the Revenue yesterday which names and shames anyone on whom a fine or other penalty was imposed by a court.

Mr Shine, of Taughmaconnell in Athlone, was fined €2,000 for failing to file an income tax return. Mr Mahon, of Stamullen in Co Meath, was hit with a fine of €12,000 for the same offence.

Fined

Catholic curate Father Tadhg O'Donovan, from Whitechurch in Co Cork, who made the list for paying a settlement of €433,000 for under-declaration of tax, had already been fined €6,000 in March last year for failing to fully declare rental income.

The Revenue Commissioners revealed before the District Court that Fr O'Donovan had an interest in a total of 13 properties in various parts of Cork dating back to 1989 -- and was in receipt of a substantial rental income from at least 11 of these holdings.

The court was told the curate failed to fully reveal the rental income for tax purposes for a period between 1998 and 2002.

The biggest settlement of those published yesterday was for a total of €1.36m, including interest and penalties, and was reached by property developer and sales agent, Parkland Investments Ltd, with an address at 37 Upper Mount Street in Dublin. This was for under-declaration of corporation tax.

A retired amusement arcade owner, Frank Lehane of Blenheim Lodge, Halfway House, Co Waterford, made a settlement of more than €1.3m.

Retired postmaster Thomas Wiseman, of Glencairn, 37 Ardmahon Estate, Well Road, Cork, made a settlement of €1.3m. Both of these were related to Revenue's investigations into bogus non-resident accounts and single premium insurance products, as well as under-declaration of other taxes.

Galway property developer Tom McEvaddy paid €679,308 in a settlement relating to undeclared VAT, while Michael Condon, a solicitor with an address at The Square, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, made a settlement of €898,497 including penalties and interest.

Four of the 76 settlements published -- totalling €2.93m -- related to bogus non-resident account holders; 13 totalling €2.64m were linked to Revenue investigations into offshore funds.

Irish Independent

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