• A car, a quantity of documents and mobiles phones were seized during a search operation in Sligo this morning.

    Officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau, Revenue, Employment Affairs and Social Protection, assisted by local Gardai and the Regional Armed Support Unit conducted a search operation in Sligo Town this morning.

    The search was conducted at a residential premises in the area. A Ford Mondeo was seized along with a quantity of documents and mobile phones. No arrests were made during this phase of the investigation which is ongoing.


  • A Galway-based medical consultant was among those who made settlements with Revenue in the final three months of 2017, according to the latest list of tax defaulters.

    Kenneth Kaar, a consultant from Glebe House, Kilcolgan paid a settlement of over €717,000 – including taxes, penalties and interest.

    Also from Co Galway, Enda Conway motor vehicle dealer from Ballyshrule, Ballinasloe paid over €317,000 to Revenue, while Michael Lynskey, a landlord from Ardrahan made a settlement of over 315,000 euro.

    There were no settlements listed from Co Mayo.

    In Sligo, McCormack Garages, fuel retailer on Mail Coach Road, paid a settlement of over €78,000, while two cleaning companies in Roscommon town – Halcyon Cleaning Services Ltd and Halcyon Hygiene Ltd – both based at Unit 1, Racecourse Road  - paid over €90,000 and €47,000 respectively.

    In total, the taxman took over €10 million from various settlements in the three months to the end of December last.

  • A Mayo Senator has said Revenue must treat farmers as citizens not targets in new taxation measures.

    Erris Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh was speaking at an IFA meeting to inform farmers about the changes in Breaffy House last week.

    She says small farmers in the west of Ireland struggling to make a living on marginal land must be exempted from further bureaucracy when it comes to new taxation measures proposed.

    Senator Conway-Walsh says the new PAYE modernisation scheme, due to be implemented from January 2019 is unworkable for small farmers. She says having to report any payments to spouses, sons or daughters or casual labour in real time, is going to cause huge challenges for farmers.

    The Senator says exemptions must be introduced to reflect these situations for farmers.

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    Revenue are to investigate a suspected pensions underpayments scandal that could see thousands of people in line for refunds.

    It's being claimed some pension companies have failed to pay out increases under schemes that are supposed to cover rising prices.

    A report in today's Irish Independent says the companies are being accused of putting the money into their reserves - and then keeping it, when pensioners die.

    While a review is only in its early stages, the row is already drawing comparisons to the banks' tracker mortgage scandal.

  • Roscommon County Council has been included on the latest list of tax defaulters.

    Revenue have this evening published a list of tax defaulters for the period 1st July to 30th Sept 2018,with details of 65 settlements made that totalled almost €13 million.

    25 of the cases were for amounts exceeding €100,000.

    Roscommon County Council made a settlement of over €456,000 in respect of an under-declaration of VAT.

    Councillors were told at a recent meeting that, due to an administrative error, the local authority would feature on the tax defaulters list.