Severity of penalties for tax defaulters
Reading through this week’s tax defaulters list , I was struck, as usual, by the draconian law which sees interest and penalties, with the total owed to the Revenue, coming to double the original tax allegedly owed.
This has the effect that for charges regarding tax, there is a dystopian remedy meant to deter others from paying tax as they may feel is compliant, only then to be hit more severely than the violent criminals whom CAB go after.
It appears that to be on the safe side one should pay way more than what is expected. Try getting overpayments paid back in full!
Check through the list, and one will find there is a distinct absence of corporations and multinationals who enjoy the sweetest of tax exemptions and good-buddy deals. Perhaps it is time to acknowledge the good intentions of alleged tax defaulters, many of whom are motivated by providing services and employment as they struggle to stay afloat. It appears any profit accruing must be scrutinised even in the same way as if it was illegally come-by.
We are meant to view these citizens as criminals. Given the severe tax laws and assorted charges, I always believe the hard-working Irish of private business, could be classed as victims also. Robert Sullivan
Bantry Co Cork