LIMERICK’S pub trade has been dealt a severe blow by the Revenue Commissioners who have forced the closure of a number of city pubs in recent weeks.
The Revenue Commissioners have become increasingly active pursuing publicans who are in arrears with their tax payments which has resulted in up to six establishments closing their doors.
The tax authority has called time on the once popular public houses in the greater Limerick city area as part of their “duty to enforce the legislation as laid down by the Oireachtas”.
A spokesperson for the Revenue Commissioners told the Limerick Leader that they could not comment on individual cases, but stated: “We must also ensure a level playing field from a tax perspective for all so that the tax compliant publican is not put at a disadvantage by those who are not”.
Jerry O’Dea, Limerick’s national executive council delegate with the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, said well-known pubs in the city have fallen victim to the tax man. “It comes as no surprise unfortunately. There has been an increase in the number of people buying drink from supermarkets and drinking at home, and there has been a reduced turnover in pubs. A lot of people have found it difficult to keep trading profitably and unfortunately the taxes that we collect for the government have to be paid over, and if one doesn’t have a tax clearance cert then eventually Revenue will come.”
A publican who does not have a tax certificate, cannot have a pub licence, and trading without a licence is illegal. Gardai are notified of pubs trading without a pub licence by the Revenue Commissioners, and they call to the premises advising the publican to close the establishment down.