Eighteen tax defaulters fined in Limerick

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Eighteen tax defaulters fined in Limerick

SOME 18 tax defaulters in Limerick have been fined sums ranging from €1,000 to over €100,000.

Elm Motors at Coonagh Cross, Ennis Road, has been fined a total of €148,076 for underdeclaration of VAT in a Revenue audit case. That settlement includes over €100,000 in unpaid tax, penalties of over €30,000 and interest of over €15,000.

Robert Browne, of Chesterfield Downs, Castletroy View, Singland, who runs a courier delivery services, received one of the largest fines in Limerick, of €10,000, for failure to lodge VAT returns.

For misuse of marked mineral oil, Michal Drazkowiak, of Ashling Heights, Raheen, received a fine of €2,500.

Kevin Power, of Aos Cluain, Clarina, also received a fine of €2,500 under the same category, as did Patrick Murphy, of Carraward West, Dromcollogher.

Two men in Limerick received fines for the illegal selling of cigarettes. They were Michal Drazkowiak, of Mungret Village, who received a total fine of €10,000 for four charges, and Piotr Matusiewicz, of Lelia House, Lelia Street, who received a fine of €2,500 on one charge.

Eleven individuals received fines of €1,250 each for failure to lodge income tax returns.

They were: director and landlord Kieran Braddish, from Curraghchase, Kilcornan; shop keeper Christopher Butcher, Ballinaurra Gardens, who was fined the same amount for the same offence, Elaine Cronin, of Elm Park Drive, Croom, who has a shoe shop; auctioneer/estate agent John De Courcy; building contractor David Moran, of Swallow Drive, Carew Park; television and broadband contractor Jason Michael Murphy, of Glenbrook, Old Singland Road; building contractor JJ O’Meara, of Toomaline, Doon; furniture retailer Richard O’Brien, of Monkshill, Rathkeale; director/landlord Declan O’Grady, of Ballintubrid, Newcastle West; hairdresser Natalie Stack, of Arra View, Newcastle West; and Ewa Yashina Hussein, who runs motor repairs, of Sarsfield Avenue, Pennywell.

In the three-month period up to the end of December last, 107 taxpayers received a fine or a penalty before the court, amounting to €16.67m. 

Of the 107 published cases, 46 were for amounts exceeding €100,000; of which four exceeded €500,000; two of which exceeded €1m. Three of the 107 settlements published, yielding €0.54m, relate to Revenue’s investigation into Offshore Assets/Funds.

The single biggest settlement in the latest trawl by the taxman was for €2.3m. It was made by Colm Redmond, the owner of the Zetland County House Hotel, on the edge of Cashel Bay, in Connemara. That settlement with the Revenue was for the under-declaration of income tax, VAT and capital gains tax. It included €1.1m in unpaid tax, €863,000 in interest, and €332,000 in penalties.

The next biggest settlement was for €1.7m. It was made by Michael Holland, a building contractor of  Durrow, Laois, for the under-declaration of income tax and VAT, inclusive of  €413,000 in penalties.