Jockey and councillor among tax defaulters

A champion jockey, a Fine Gael councillor and a former lap-dancing club owner were tonight named in the Revenue’s latest list of tax dodgers.

Swords councillor Anne Devitt forked out €50,000 for under-declaring income tax and capital gains tax in her position as a legal consultant.

Top jockey Jamie Spencer of Newmarket, Suffolk, in the UK, paid €102,855 for under-declaring capital gains tax.

Mr Spencer, originally from Co Tipperary, shared the title of British Champion Jockey with Seb Sanders in 2007.

And also on the Defaulters list is Mary Cullen, the former owner of a lap-dancing club on Lower Leeson Street, who forked out €261,736 for under-declaring VAT and PAYE/PRSI.

Four people made settlements of more than a million euro.

Barry Fitzgerald, of Galway, made the biggest settlement of €2.57m for under-declaring income tax, VAT and Capital Gains Tax.

He was closely followed by fellow solicitor Gerard Moylan, based in Loughrea, Co Galway, who cleared a bill of €1.29m for under-declaring income tax arising from a bogus-non resident account case by the Revenue.

In the three month period between April 1 and June 30, 87 settlements were made totalling €17.56m.

Revenue said five totalling €2.48m related to Bogus Non-Resident Accounts; 14 worth €2.16m were linked to Offshore Funds and 16 valued at €3.16m were part of the Single Premium Insurance Products probe.

Of the 87 published settlements, 38 were for amounts exceeding €100,000, with eight exceeding €500,000 and four of that eight exceeded €1,000,000.

Here is a list of some of the largest payouts:

:: Solicitor Barry Fitzgerald, of Kiltartan House, Forster Street, Galway, settled for €2,562,442 for under-declaring income tax, VAT and Capital Gains Tax.

:: Solicitor Gerard Moylan, of Lake Road, Loughrea, Co Galway, paid €1,286,842.14 for under-declaring income tax arising from a bogus-non resident account case by the Revenue.

:: Fisherman Cornelius Minihane, of Curramore, Filane, Castletownbere, Co Cork, forked out €1,192,843.25 for under-declaring income tax, following a Revenue Audit Case.

:: Business consultant Paul McGlade, of Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, settled for €1,024,184.80 for under-declaring capital gains tax. It follows a Revenue Audit Case.

:: Private members club owner Mary Cullen, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, who paid out €261,736 for under-declaring VAT and PAYE/PRSI.

:: Jockey James Spencer, Grange House Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk, paid €102,855 for under-declaring capital gains tax following a Revenue Audit Case.

:: Legal consultant Anne Devitt, Lispopple, Swords, forked out €50,000 for under-declaring income tax and capital gains tax arising from a Revenue Audit Case.


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