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Sheriff's official quits after tax probe

A SENIOR official in the Dublin city sheriff's office has resigned after agreeing a €795,630 tax settlement.

Thomas Gray, who held the office of court messenger, stepped down only hours before his name appeared on the tax defaulters' list.

Dublin resident Paul Boucher, a company director with an address in Ranelagh, Dublin 6 paid the Revenue Commissioners €40,000 in tax, interest and penalties.

It followed a Revenue probe into offshore assets

Around €10,000 of Mr Boucher's settlement was for tax, with the rest made up of interest and penalties.

He is included on the list of 62 individuals and companies who settled with the Revenue in the final quarter of 2010.

They have been named after making settlements totalling almost €21m.

A concrete manufacturing firm made a settlement of €7.65m, the fourth highest on record since 2002.

Gleeson Concrete with an address at Pamdohlen House, Dooradoyle Road, Co Limerick made the payment for under-declaring corporation tax, VAT and PAYE/PRSI.

The case was uncovered during a probe into the use of trusts and offshore structures to evade tax. A whopping €4.8m was applied in interest and penalties.

The firm supplies concrete in Tipperary, Limerick and Cork.

The second highest settlement, for €3m, was made by quarry operator John Gallagher of Lougher, Duleek in Co Meath.

Some €1.84m was applied in interest and penalties for underdeclaring income tax and PAYE/PRSI.





Settlement

Some 10 settlements related to company directors, eight to farmers, six to builders and three to retailers. Two landlords were also included.

In addition, two settlements totalling €590,000 related to bogus non-resident holders.

In all, 10 cases totalling €8.28m related to investigations into offshore funds.

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