Min­i­mum penalty for no tax re­turns

Bray People - - NEWS -

A Bray man who failed to file tax re­turns would prob­a­bly have re­ceived a re­fund rather than a penalty had he at­tended to his af­fairs.

Christo­pher Mur­phy (44), 1 Sid­mon­ton Road, Bray, ap­peared in Bray District Court last Thurs­day.

His so­lic­i­tor Bren­dan Maloney told Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan that his client had lived in Eng­land from 1989 to 2000. He came back and worked as an em­ployee in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, first for Dun Laoghaire Rath­down Coun­cil and then Road­mas­ter.

An op­por­tu­nity opened up on one par­tic­u­lar site to go self-em­ployed. Mur­phy did so for a very short pe­riod of time.

Work which he ex­pected to last for a num­ber of years ceased af­ter a few weeks with the clo­sure of the site due to the eco­nomic down­turn.

‘ He sub­mit­ted his doc­u­ments to ac­coun­tants,’ ex­plained Mr. Maloney. ‘ They were to take care of his af­fairs. Money had been de­ducted at source. There may ac­tu­ally have been money due to Mr. Mur­phy had he filed in­come tax re­turns.’

Mur­phy was not self-em­ployed any longer. ‘ The agent has been ig­nor­ing him,’ added Mr. Maloney. ‘I made cer­tain en­quiries in that re­gard that tend to sup­port that claim.’

For not hav­ing filed tax re­turns in Oc­to­ber 2007 and Oc­to­ber 2008, Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan im­posed the min­i­mum penalty of €750 per in­ci­dent. ‘I ac­cept what the court is told,’ said the Judge be­fore mit­i­gat­ing the penal­ties down from €3,000 each.

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