Friday 23 August 2019

Ex-Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan says he had 'absolutely nothing to do' with any tax avoidance schemes

Rory Cowan Photo: Gerry Mooney
Rory Cowan Photo: Gerry Mooney
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Actor Rory Cowan says he was approached about using the services of English accountant Roy Lyness at the height of his 'Mrs Brown's Boys' fame.

However, he said he had "absolutely nothing to do" with any tax avoidance scheme that some members of the cast reportedly signed up for.

Paddy Houlihan, who plays Dermot in the hit series, said he used the services of Mr Lyness, a Birmingham-based accountant, which led to him being involved in an elaborate financial scheme.

Mr Cowan said that like the rest of the cast, he was also approached about three or four years ago about signing up for Mr Lyness's services, but said he had "no interest".

Mr Cowan said alarm bells started ringing when he was told that the same accountancy firm had also been used by UK comedian Jimmy Carr.

In 2012, Carr was forced to apologise for being involved in a K2 tax avoidance scheme which he said was "a terrible error of judgment".

"Once I heard that, I thought, 'I want nothing to do with him'," Mr Cowan said.

The star quit the show last summer.

Irish Independent

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