Updated: 10/03/17 : 12:21:25
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Publican tops Sligo tax defaulter's list

Sligo publicans are among those to have paid more than €11 million in tax settlements in total with Revenue during the final three months of 2016.

The largest settlement in the region was John McDermott, (publican and farmer), Riverstown, Co Sligo.

A Revenue Audit uncovered an under declaration of income tax and VAT of €84,200.24. Interest of €34,023.19 was added plus penalties of €25,260.07 bringing the total to €143,483.50.

Two other Sligo publicans were levied for failure to hold a current liquor licence;

Padraig O'Dowd, (publican) Drury's Bar, Monastraden, Co Sligo had to pay €632 while Brian Taaffe, (publican) The Inishfree Bar, Ballintogher, Co Sligo had also to pay €632.

Failing to lodge VAT returns cost Brian Flynn, Agricultural Contractor, Enniscrone, Co Sligo the sum of €3,000.

Fergal Murphy, Strandhill Road, (Clothes Shop) had to pay €1,250 for failure to lodge income tax returns.

For selling illegal cigarettes, Derek Lynch, (PAYE employee), Cranmore, Sligo was fined €2,500 and received a six month sentence, suspended for six months.

In Leitrim, Thomas McHugh (butcher) Ballinamore, Co Leitrim was discovered in a Revenue Audit to have under declared a tax and VAT liability of €67,507, with interest of €35,039 and penalties of €21,811 the total amounted to €124,357.

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