Saturday 18 November 2017

Lobbyist and ex-jockey among 108 tax defaulters named and shamed

Tax cheat Frank Dunlop
Tax cheat Frank Dunlop

An ice-cream seller, picture framer, disgraced lobbyist and former champion jockey have been named as making settlements with the taxman totalling more than €18.5m.

Former government press secretary Frank Dunlop is among 108 tax defaulters named by the Revenue Commissioners after being hit with a bill of almost €430,000 for under-declaring VAT and income tax.

The 67-year old lobbyist, with an address at Rathbeggan, Dunboyne, Co Meath, was jailed in 2009 for corruption and was found to have under-declared tax and VAT of €192,313 following a revenue investigation.


He was also hit with interest and penalties amounting to €236,885, resulting in a total settlement of €429,198.

Former jockey Charlie Swan (46), with an address at The Cobs, Modreeny, Cloughjordan in Co Tipperary, reached a settlement of €122,442 for under-declaring income tax, following a revenue offshore assets investigation case.

The three-times winner of the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle on Istabraq, one of the Grade One successes for his Cloughjordan yard was a horse called Offshore Account.

Both men were among 108 defaulters named by the Revenue Commissioners who reached settlements totalling €18.52m in the second quarter of the year. Of these, 51 were for amounts exceeding €100,000 with eight in excess of €500,000.

Three were for more than €1m, including the highest settlement of €1.5m which was made by medical doctor and company director Onone Humphrey Ugbawa, with an address at The Green, Ocean Links, Strandhill in Co Sligo.

He was found to have under-declared tax totalling €908,327, with interest of €182,000 and penalties of €454,000 added.

The list also includes hoteliers Crownwood Holdings Ltd, which operates O'Shea's Hotel on Dublin's Talbot Street. It made a settlement totalling €205,582 for under-declaring corporation tax, VAT and PAYE/PRSI.

A confectionery and ice-cream vendor, Samuel Raymond Martin with an address at Bellinter, Navan in Co Meath, reached a settlement of €1,028,129 including interest and penalties for under-declaring income tax, VAT and capital gains tax.

Portsalon Golf Club in Donegal reached a settlement of €40,008, while a 'picture framing service provider' named Michael Raymond from Blackrock in Co Dublin was found to owe €1,167,219.

Separately, auctioneer Maurice Ahern, Main Street, Midleton, Co Cork, made a settlement of €952,606 for under-declaring income tax and VAT.

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