There was also a 16% rise in drugs and illicit goods — particularly cocaine, heroin and cannabis — being seized and a 26% jump in debt collection operations involving state-appointed sheriffs and solicitors.
Revenue headline results for 2016 show an increase in revenues across seven of the 10 main tax categories and a drop in three.
The 5% rise in revenues, from €45.6bn in 2015 to €47.9bn in 2016, compared to a 10% increase in revenues between 2014 and 2015.
“Revenue collected a record €47.9bn for the exchequer in 2016,” said chairman Niall Cody.
3% drop, from €327m in 2015 to €318m in 2016;
8% rise, from €5.3bn in 2015 to €5.7bn in 2016;
4% increase, from €400m to €415m;
23% jump, from €669m to €822m;
6% drop, from €1.3bn to €1.2bn;
4% rise, from €18.4bn to €19.2bn;
7% rise, from €6.9bn to €7.4bn;
4% rise, from €11.9bn to €12.4bn;
3% fall, from €469m to €463m.
There was a 4% rise in people in PAYE employment, to 2.6m, and a 3% rise in self-employment numbers, to 687,000.
There was a 28% jump in the number of cases involving payment of taxes by instalment, from 8,500 cases to 10,900 cases.
There was a significant increase in the number of audit or compliance interventions — 537,200 in 2016, compared to 461,600 in 2015 — but a reduction in the amount recovered: €555m compared to €642m.
There were 1,029 cases of tax defaulters, in 2016, compared to 1,257 the previous year.
Court-imposed fines amounted to €2.5m in 2016 (€3.12m in 2015).
There were 372 settlements outside the courts in 2016, similar to 2015 (377). They amounted to €72m in 2016 and €77m in 2015.
There were 17 prosecutions for serious tax evasion and fraud in 2016 — compared to 27 in 2015.
A further 1,672 summary convictions were secured last year, compared to 2,063 in 2015. Fines imposed in those cases totalled €5.1m compared to €6.4m in 2015.
Special investigations yielded €8m in 2016, bringing the accumulated total to €2.8bn.
There was a 26% jump in debt collection operations by sheriffs from 38,340 in 2015 to 48,400, amounting to a yield of €214m in 2016. The total value of drugs and illicit products seized increased by 16%, from €61m to €70.5m.
The number of cocaine and heroin hauls went up from 92 to 134 and the quantity seized almost doubled from 95kg to 172kg — bringing the rise in value from €6.7m to €12.4m.
The number of cannabis hauls rose from 1,024 to 1,222, while the quantity seized increased from 626kg to 941kg (value rose from €12.4m to €15.4m).
There was a drop in the numbers and quantities of illicit cigarette seizures and a fall in fuel-oil offences.