24 Jan 2022

Publican and doctor among Laois tax defaulters in new Revenue Commissioner list

A Laois publican and hospital consultant based in the county are among the tax defaulters in the latest list published by the Revenue Commissioners.

Michael Campion of The Bridge Bar in Durrow has reached a settlement for €97,674.90 in respect of a €66,371.06 tax bill. The interest was €11,392.52 and penalty was €19,911.32. No amount was owing to the Revenue Commissioners by March this year.

He reached a settlement following an audit case. The money was owed because of an under-declaration of income tax and VAT.

In a similar case, no money had been repaid to the tax collectors by March this year by a Portlaoise business which owes €63,114.10 following a settlement.

Blueoak Limited with an address at Unit 1, Meehan House, of James Fintan Lalor Avenue, operated car parts and accessories retailer trading as Planet Auto. The tax owed was €35,559.35 while the interest was €16,886.95 and the penalty was €10,667.80 leading to the total.

Meanwhile, Dr Nagabathula Ramesh 12, Carriglea, Killenard, Co Laois has been hit with a penalty of €69,563.32. The penalty was determined against the consultant radiologist due to the non-declaration of Income Tax amounting to of €231,877.75.

It was the biggest sum determined by a court relating to under-declaration or non-declaration of tax in the defaulters' list for January to March 2019.

John Fogarty, a curtain fitter from Clonkeen, Abbeyleix, was fined €2,500 for failing to lodge vat returns.

Patrick Maughan, occupation unknown, 9 Lansdowne Court, Portarlington, was fined €2,500 for misuse of mineral oil.



These published settlements reflect only a portion of all Revenue audits and investigations. 

The tax office says that in the three-month period to March 31, a total of 888 Revenue audit and investigations, together with 23,189 Risk Management Interventions (Aspect Queries and Profile Interviews), were settled, resulting in yield of €153.44 million in tax, interest, and penalties.

Revenue says it publishes the List of Tax Defaulters under the provisions of Section 1086 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, as amended.

The list is published in two parts. Part 1 are Court penalty determinations and court imposed fines, imprisonments or other penalties.

Court penalty determinations are published where a taxpayer has not made a qualifying disclosure, the Court determined penalty exceeds 15% of the total tax, and the total of the tax, interest and penalty is more than €35,000.

All cases where a fine, imprisonment or other Court penalty is imposed by a Court, in respect of a tax or duty offence, are published.

Part 2 is made up of accepted settlements and settlements deemed to be agreed due to full payment.

Revenue says that where a taxpayer has voluntarily furnished complete information relating to undisclosed tax liabilities and paid the tax and interest due (made a qualifying disclosure of tax defaults), settlements are not published.

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