The long arm of the Revenue

Revenue has plenty of options when it comes to pursuing tax defaulters, writes Brian Keegan.

9th June, 2012
Mick Wallace: admitted to falsifying his company's tax declarations. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Two things annoy the Revenue Commissioners. One is failing to pay tax that is due. The other is making a false tax return.

While Revenue has considerable powers to chase and collect amounts of tax owing, making a false return is what really gets individuals and companies into trouble.

By making a false return, perhaps for income tax, corporation tax, Vat or Paye, a taxpayer - whether an individual or a company - runs the...

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