The Tax Take with Brian Keegan

The Tax Take with Brian Keegan

Even in a best-case scenario, Brexit means the return of customs controls between Ireland and Britain and this time around my school principal isn’t around to pick up the tab

Probably my first experience of the sharp end of Revenue collection enforcement came when I was still in secondary school. Back in the 1980s, we used to buy music singles from a mail-order record outfit in the US because the prices were marginally cheaper. One particular day, a package of records arrived at school with customs due on it, a possibility we had blithely ignored when placing the order. The school head was a practical man and paid the customs fine for us, but wouldn’t let us have the records until we, in turn, paid him.

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