Country star named as Revenue publishes list of tax defaulters

Country singer Robert Mizzell, originally from Louisiana in the US but living in Killinlahan, Ballynagore, Co Westmeath, has been named in Revenue's latest list of tax defaulters .

Described simply as an "entertainer" by the Revenue, Mr Mizzell has been voted Ireland’s favourite country music singer. He made a settlement worth €60,000.

The singer, who also tours as part of the Three Amigos, has nine solo studio albums and a full-length DVD to his name. He was investigated for under-declaration of income tax.

His name is one of 117 listed in State gazette Iris Oifigiuil for settlements totalling €31.85m with the Revenue for the three months to the end of June.

A retired company director from Co Fermanagh made a settlement of more than €13.5m with the Revenue Commissioners.

Anthony Cafferkey, from Lisnarick Road, Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh has been named and shamed on over his tax affairs.

Listed as a retired company director, Mr Cafferkey was investigated by the Revenue Commissioners over the use of a bogus non-resident account and offshore assets.

He was also forced to make part of the settlement for under-declaration of income tax.

Mr Cafferkey’s tax bill was €6.1m, interest of €3.25m and penalties running to €4.2m.

Mr Cafferkey’s settlement is believed to be the single biggest published arrangement with tax inspectors since 2006.

The Revenue’s investigation into his affairs centred on bogus non-resident accounts – a tax evading scam where people set up accounts with false addresses from overseas in order to avoid paying tax on the interest on the deposits.

Mr Cafferkey was also investigated for tax liabilities over offshore assets.

Among the other significant settlements tax inspectors have secured and published in the latest defaulters’ list were Fergus O’Brien, a company director whose address was given as Auburn Drive, Killiney, Dublin who settled with a bill totalling €1.95m for under-declaration of VAT and PAYE/PRSI.

A debt collection agent from the Ballymun area of north Dublin was also listed - Marcella Gibbons, with an address at Longdale Terrace in the estate, was hit with a bill for €138,997 for under-declaration of income tax.

Other substantial payments included taxi driver Michael Gill, Hillcrest Park, Glasnevin, Dublin who agreed a settlement for €636,447 for under-declaration of income tax.

Bob O’Sullivan, listed as a sports facilitator with an address at Grange Wood, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin settled for €871,579 for under-declaratioin of income tax while Margaret Keane, a publican and shopkeeper in Corner House, Cloonfad, Ballyhaunis, Co Roscommon settled for €668,994 for under-declaration of income tax, capital gains tax and VAT.

A hairdressing business which has gone into liquidation, the HSE Salon, at City Quay, in Dublin 2 was left with a bill for €1.3m for under-declaration of VAT and PAYE/PRSI.

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