Professions must fully pay taxes, like rest of us
The writer George Bernard Shaw maintained that "all professions are a conspiracy against the laity" and yesterday's report by the Revenue Commissioners would seem to give credence to the fact that whatever about the ordinary citizen, they are certainly a conspiracy against the taxman.
It is certainly not leading by example when a particular profession is singled out as being among the highest tax dodgers in the country, which, it would seem, has occurred with the medical profession. A Revenue Commissioners investigation has found that through incorporating their business, many consultants were incorrectly claiming tax deductions in relations to their salaries, pensions and expenses.
That this has been going on at a time when PAYE workers are under such pressure from new taxes and charges points to the fact that a serious investigation of the professional classes is now warranted and the Revenue, which is employing 400 new staff, must throw sufficient resources towards stamping out this form of white-collar tax evasion.