Brian Keegan: How Revenue catches the tax cheats

Brian Keegan: How Revenue catches the tax cheats
Brian Keegan: ‘If you’re reading this article in the hope of finding tips on how to avoid being caught out, you will be disappointed’ Picture: Clare Keogh

Tax evasion is wrong. Most taxpayers recognise that but, despite the generally positive compliance attitude, evasion at times became a virtual industry in this country

However we might grumble about it, Ireland is an unusually tax compliant society, with compliance levels reported at 85 per cent or more. Many taxpayers don’t have a choice but to pay up. The PAYE worker can do nothing about the income tax the employer deducts every month, the shopper can do nothing about the Vat charged on the clothing or groceries and you can’t opt not to pay the excise duty on petrol at the pumps.

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