Revenue garners €31m in interest payments and penalties from tax defaulters

The Revenue Commissioners netted €31,850,211.85 in interest payments and penalties from 177 tax defaulters between April and June.

By far the biggest settlement was with Anthony Cafferkey, a retired company director based in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, who made a settlement for €13,546,478. He had been investigated for a number of offences, including the use of bogus non-resident bank accounts and non-declaration of offshore assets as well as the under-declaration of income tax.

Mr Cafferkey’s tax bill came to €6.1m with a further €3.25m in interest and €4.2m in penalties. This is the single largest settlement since the €22m fine imposed on Michael and Tom Bailey in 2006.

The second largest fine of €1,951,828 was imposed on Fergus O’Brien, also a retired company director with an address in Killiney, Co Dublin, for the under-declaration of VAT and income tax.

HSE Salon, described as a hairdressers, with an address in 21/26 City Quay, Dublin, incurred a €1,314,835 fine. It is now in liquidation.

Another company in liquidation also on the list is Brendan Bergin Developments, Pery Square, Limerick, described as a property developer with a total fine of €473,372.

Perhaps the best known entrant on the list is the singer Robert Mizzell, with an address at Killinlahan, Ballynagore, Co Westmeath, who made a settlement worth €60,00. He tours with the band, the Three Amigos.

Marcella Gibbons, who is described as a debt collection agent, was fined €138,997. Eight of the 117 defaulters had addresses in Cork. The biggest settlement among these was Rossdale Enterprises, in Carrigtwohill, which paid €184,632. WCC Property Development Ltd, Churchtown, was fined €109,909; the engineering firm, Tadhg Deasy Ltd, with an address in Bantry, was fined €61,344 and John Gilbert, a retired company director based in Goleen, was fined €144,560.

Brian Doran, also a company director with an address in Crosshaven was fined €48,892; Asop Engineering in Bishopstown was fined €67,063; Paul Barry, a builder based in Belgooly was fined €37,770 and Ralston Projects with an address in Washington St, was fined €51,743.

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