Minimum penalty for no tax returns
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.