Tuesday 23 January 2018

Richard Quirke company makes €803,000 tax settlement

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A COMPANY owned by Dr Quirkey’s amusement arcade boss Richard Quirke and his wife is in the top 10 of the latest tax defaulters.

Mr Quirke - who runs the slot machine emporium in a prime spot on Dublin’s O’Connell Street - is listed as one of the directors of the Dublin Pool & Juke Box Co Ltd, which reached a settlement of €803,000 with Revenue for underdeclaring VAT after being audited.

The son of the gaming arcade owner, Wesley Quirke, is engaged to former Miss World and model Rosanna Davison.

In the first three months of the year, Revenues audit and investigation probes took in €20.5m. Out of the 126 cases published - two were for over €1m, four topped €500,000 and 56 were for amounts over €100,000.

Seven of the settlements, resulting in a yield of €3m, were linked to offshore fund probes and three settlements totalling €260,000 were linked to its investigation into single premium insurance products.

Part of the settlement of €1.5m made by Ivan Diver, described as a retired employee, in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, was as a result of an investigation by Revenue into offshore assets.

There was a wide list of occupations listed for the latest list of tax defaulters, including scaffolders, farmers, garage owners, music retailers and property developers.

A payment of €1.5m was reached for underdeclaring VAT and income tax by Ji Rong Zheng, with an address at Parnell Street, Dublin, who was listed as a supermarket owner.

Some of the settlement of €649,000 made by a building firm in receivership, Alan Costello Builders, with an address in Clontarf, Dublin, was related to underdeclaring PAYE and PRSI.

In addition, there were six prison terms imposed for cigarette smuggling. A further 12 people were brought before the courts and either fined, given a suspended sentence or community service over cigarette smuggling.

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