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Saturday 3 December 2016

Singer Sinead pays €160k to Revenue in fines and back taxes

Singer Sinead O’Connor was fined for the under-declaration of PRSI and PAYE Picture: Mark Condren
Singer Sinead O’Connor was fined for the under-declaration of PRSI and PAYE Picture: Mark Condren

Controversial Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has made a €160,000 settlement with the Revenue Commissioners over unpaid tax returns.

The artist made the payment as part of the latest swoop by the taxman to detect defaulters, with almost €18m paid in settlements by defaulters between April and June of this year.

The total paid by the singer, who was catapulted to international fame with her rendition of the Prince song Nothing Compares 2 U, included €90,543 of tax, €42,600 in interest, and €27,162 in penalties. It was for the under-declaration of PRSI and PAYE.

O'Connor's address is listed in Bray, Co Wicklow, but attempts to contact the singer at the property and to reach her representatives were unsuccessful.

She had been living in Chicago for some time, but is understood to have returned to Ireland earlier this month.

Concern

O'Connor caused concern in June this year when she disappeared from her Chicago property.

US officials said that they received reports from gardai, who had been contacted by concerned relatives about her well-being.

However, she was found safe less than 48 hours later.

The previous month a police search was sparked after she had failed to return from a bike ride.

The artist also had a $5m (€4.5m) lawsuit filed against her earlier this year by comedian Arsenio Hall over claims she made about his alleged involvement in the death of the singer Prince.

O'Connor accused him of supplying drugs to the music legend, whose death on April 21 prompted speculation about an overdose.

The lawsuit, filed on May 7 in Los Angeles Superior Court, refers to O'Connor as a "desperate attention-seeker" and claims Hall and O'Connor have not spoken in 25 years.

The Revenue Commissioners have netted a total of €17.4m in the latest tax haul. It included settlements made by publicans, doctors, farmers, and even an aircraft painting firm.

Among the largest settlements were James Farrell, who was listed as a retired company director from Oldcastle Road, Kells, Co Meath. He settled with the tax inspectors for €1.4m for the non-declaration of capital gains tax and VAT.

HM Yachts, a boat sales agent based out of Fennell's Bay, Myrtleville, Co Cork, is now in liquidation but had to make a settlement worth €923,782m for the under-declaration of VAT.

Kevin Cronin, a plastic surgeon who is listed as a medical consultant with an address on Eccles Street in north Dublin, settled a case for €534,252m for the under-declaration of income tax.

Office equipment suppliers Bizquip, based in the Sandyford in Dublin, had a €925,463 settlement for under-declaration of PAYE/PRSI following a Revenue offshore assets investigation.

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