‘Ireland AM’ presenter Mark Cagney and ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ actor Danny O’Carroll were among the high-profile names on Revenue’s list of tax defaulters.
A company that repairs phones and sells hair products has topped the latest list of defaulters, owing more than €1.2m.
Seces International Trade Ltd, with an address on Moore Street in Dublin city centre, failed to declare just over €731,000 in tax. With interest and penalties, its final bill stood at €1,236,334.
Presenter and voice-over artist Mr Cagney also appeared on the list, owing €37,036 to Revenue – including €25,747 in under-declared tax.
He told the Irish Independent that he made a full settlement with Revenue last year.
“I had a Revenue audit last year, there was an accounting issue and when it was brought to my attention I settled it immediately and fully – around August/September 2018,” he said.
Actor O’Carroll, with an address at Manorcunningham, Co Donegal, was found to owe Revenue €125,920.
Mr O’Carroll told the Irish Independent: “I was recently subject to a Revenue audit, some issues were identified and as soon as these were agreed the appropriate tax, interest and penalties were immediately paid in full.”
Two haulage contractors were among the biggest defaulters on the list covering the final quarter of 2018.
These included Co Cork-based Transbound Ltd, which had a bill of €996,690, the second highest settlement on the list.
P&J Gillane Transport Ltd, based in Gort, Co Galway, and which is now in liquidation, owed €483,986 to Revenue.
Other big settlements included motor dealer John Carroll Car Sales (Tullamore) Ltd, with an address in Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, which is now in liquidation.
It had a bill of €617,661.
Meanwhile, landscape gardening consultant Alan Smyth, with an address at Carrig Glen, Calverstown, Kilcullen, Co Kildare, owed €388,679 -made up of €229,234 in unpaid taxes and the rest in interest and penalties.
Revenue said the latest tax defaulters list includes 73 cases with a total settlement amount of more than €12.7m. Of these, 37 cases were for amounts over €100,000, and five of which exceeded €500,000.
It said in 24 of the cases, the settlement was not fully paid to Revenue as of the end of last year.
“Revenue vigorously pursues collection/enforcement of unpaid settlements. In some cases, collection/recovery of the full unpaid amount will not be possible (for example, company liquidation),” it said in a statement.
“Settlements are published when the extensive voluntary disclosure options are not availed of and the default arises as a result of careless or deliberate behaviour.”
Also on the latest list were four builders, an electrician and five landlords.
Good and New Cancer Shop, on Port Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, which was listed as a charity, owed €104,865 to Revenue, while well-known Galway retailer Twice as Nice Ltd, on the city’s Quay Street, owed €294,902.
Other tax defaulters included racehorse trainer Tullyeast Limited, with an address at Greenlea Road in Terenure, Dublin. It had a bill for €183,576.
Also listed was corporate investigator IBI International Bureau of Intelligence Limited, with an address at Roseberry Hill, Richardstown, Newbridge, Co Kildare. It is currently in liquidation owing €73,952.
A number of medics also appeared on the list, including medical practitioner Philippa Kildea Shine, with an address in Barna, Co Galway, who owed just over €76,000.
Also in Barna, medical consultancy John McDonnell Anaesthetist Limited was another defaulter, owing €240,966, of which €165,803 was in unpaid tax.