Bou­tique owner hit for €3.18m over tax de­fault

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS NEWS - PETER HAMIL­TON

A West­meath bou­tique owner has been hit with a tax bill of al­most €3.2 mil­lion. Nora Filt­ness, who ran the Clara Ellen fash­ion shop in Mullingar was caught in a Rev­enue au­dit.

She un­der­de­clared her li­a­bil­ity to in­come tax and VAT by €1.06 mil­lion and was hit with sim­i­lar sums in both in­ter­est and penal­ties. None of the set­tle­ment agreed with the Rev­enue was paid by the end of June.

Ms Filt­ness, of Mill­cas­tle, Castle­pol­lard, Co West­meath, ac­counted for more than a quar­ter of the €11.08 mil­lion raised by Rev­enue in set­tle­ments with 58 tax­pay­ers, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Tax de­fault­ers List.

Other names fea­tur­ing on the list, pub­lished yes­ter­day, in­cluded Ex­ec­u­tive Hire Chauf­feur Drive, based in Mun­gret, Co Lim­er­ick. The chauf­feur ser­vice was found to have un­der­de­clared PAYE, PRSI and USC fol­low­ing a Rev­enue au­dit and paid €68,692 in a set­tle­ment.

Sports World Net­ting Lim­ited, which claims to be the only spe­cial­ist sup­plier of high net­ting for sports in Ire­land, paid €121,543, hav­ing also un­der­de­clared PAYE, PRSI and USC. The com­pany, based in Scar­iff, Co Clare, owed an ini­tial amount of €79,761 and paid in­ter­est and penal­ties of €41,782.

Two di­rec­tors of a com­pany be­hind the Cardiff Inn in Fin­glas made set­tle­ments of €280,000 each. They are An­thony Moran of Holly­brook Park, Clon­tarf, Dublin 3, and John Moran of Kin­sealy, Dublin 17, each of whom was found to have un­der­de­clared on cap­i­tal ac­qui­si­tions tax.

Twenty-seven cases in­volved amounts ex­ceed­ing €100,000.

All bar one of the set­tle­ments in the lat­est list come as a re­sult of Rev­enue au­dits with only one con­cluded as a re­sult of Rev­enue’s se­ries of spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

That was the case of haulier Séa­mus Fitzger­ald, from Hall­town, Navan, Co Meath, who paid a set­tle­ment of €45,110.

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