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Revenue Commissioners review of Contractors rolling out nationally with immediate effect

Audit!As you may be aware the Revenue Commissioners have launched a review of tax compliance by contractors in the Munster region. Revenue are focussing on both the One Contractor One Company and Composite/Umbrella company structures.
This project has been so successful for Revenue that they are rolling the review out nationally with immediate effect.
We recently met the Revenue Commissioners review team in Cork to assess their progress in this project.
The key issues we learnt are:
• Revenue believe a large number of contractors are over claiming home office and travel costs.
• Revenue have predefined parameters they are using to identify contractors to be audited.
• Once identified for audit, Revenue have specified levels of ‘unvouched expenses’ they are prepared to accept without penalty for the contractors.
• If contractors have levels of expenses which Revenue believe are unjustified, Revenue are seeking to charge interest of 12% pa and penalties ranging from 10% (unprompted disclosure) to 100% (liabilities discovered in audit) of the tax liabilities.
Following our meeting with the Revenue Inspectors, we are familiar with the audit parameters and unvouched expenses thresholds Revenue are utilising in this review.
Noone Casey are acting for numerous contractors in their negotiations with Revenue using our industry knowledge and the specific knowledge we have obtained in our meetings with Revenue.
If you are or have been contracting in the past 4 years and have any concerns over your tax compliance, feel free to contact me acasey@noonecasey.ie or 01 6766476 for a free, confidential review of your tax status.

Revenue Commissioners target IT contractors

So, the Revenue Commissioners have announced a review of ”the tax affairs of companies and their directors, where the main source of income is a contract or contracts “for service” with a larger company or companies (directly or through intermediaries), the company in question does not appear to have a substantial business separate from these contracts, and in most cases the director(s) are the only employees of the company and pay tax through PAYE”.
Revenue have “established that in many cases there are deficiencies in accounting for input costs and expenses, with the result that there has been a significant understatement of tax liability to the benefit of the director(s)”.
In other words, Revenue believe contractors are over claiming expenses relative to their work profile.
It is our understanding that Revenue are also examining the Umbrella/Managed company status of many contractors. There is real concern that the PRSI class applicable to many contractors operating through Managed companies is incorrect and substantial liabilities may exist.
This review is being carried out in the Revenue South West region incorporating Cork, Limerick, Kerry & Clare.
At Noone Casey we look after the tax affairs of many hundreds of contractors using our real time online accounting tool I-Finance. We ensure only appropriate expenses are claimed thus avoiding the issue of underpayment of taxes.
I-Finance is structured so that you
• Operate as a proprietary director of your own limited company. Why is that important?
o You have greater control over your own money – no 3rd parties controlling the bank account.
o You have no exposure from Revenue should they move against the umbrella/composite company structures.
o You can maximise simple tax saving techniques which are not available in a Sole Trader/Umbrella Company structure.
• We process all the financial administrative tasks relating to your contract – which gives you more time to focus on the things you want to do.
• We prepare and issue all your client-approved invoices.
• You dictate how much you want to be paid, we process the payroll for you and make sure all your PAYE/PRSI is correctly deducted and returned on your behalf.
• We monitor your company bank account and assist you execute a ‘same day payment’ model via online banking into your personal bank account.
• We offer you up-to-date advice on all allowable business related expenses.
• We prepare and file all your annual returns (both personal and company related).
• We advise you on how to financially plan for the future and assist you in selecting the best savings and investment options for you personally.
If you are operating as a contractor in the Munster region and have concerns over the expenses you have claimed and /or your Managed company structure, contact me today acasey@noonecasey.ie or 01 6766476 to discuss your affairs.
We will advise you on the correct route out of your potential difficulties.

Revenue & the Sheriff

The Collector General & the Revenue Commissioners have carried out almost 32,000 enforcement proceedures during 2012 recovering €210m.
The most common enforcement type was the appointment of County & City Sheriffs to collect debt amounting to almost €150m. This occurred on over 22,000 occasions.
Sheriffs fees can be in the region of 2% of the debt – resulting in an additional €3m in fees paid by the hard pressed tax payers.
Not bad work if you can get it!

Report of Comptroller and Auditor General Published

The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for 2011 has been published. In relation to tax and Revenue it includes a number of interesting points:
• Income tax receipts increased by a net €2.5 billion (bn) in 2011 when compared with 2010, reflecting the introduction of the Universal Social Charge (USC) and the reduction in tax bands and credits.
• Tax forecasting has been made more difficult with the emergence of significant corporation tax losses. The utilisation of losses in 2010 is estimated to have reduced potential corporation tax receipts by €2.75bn.
• A new debt analysis tool was introduced on a pilot basis in February to allow Revenue case workers prioritise the recovery of debt by reference to the age of the debt. It also allows them to determine the type and timing of interventions to maximise recovery.
• Total tax outstanding at the end of March 2012 was just under €2bn. The two largest categories of debt outstanding are income tax and VAT. Overall, about one third of the debt outstanding was under appeal.
• 3 economic sectors accounted for 59% of the total tax written off in 2011; construction, wholesale and retail trade and accommodation and food services. The majority of these write offs arose due to liquidations and the trade ceasing with insufficient liquid assets
Thanks to the Institute of Tax for the above summary.

Extension of Mandatory Online Filing

From 1 June 2012 the following categories of tax payers are obliged to file their returns electronically:
• All VAT registered tax payers • Self assessed individuals claiming certain income tax exemptions (Artists Exemption, Woodlands Exemption etc) • Self assessed individuals claiming certain income retirement reliefs (RAC payments, Relief for PRSA contributions etc) • Self assessed individuals claiming certain income tax reliefs (BES relief, EII relief, Seed Capital relief , Film relief etc)
Where a taxpayer is obliged to file and pay on ROS, the penalty for failing to do so is €1,520 each time a taxpayer fails either to pay or file on-line. Where there is a genuine difficulty with filing and paying on-line, taxpayers may on application to Revenue be excluded from electronic filing.
TAX TIP: If you think you may be in a tax refund in respect of 2011, why not send in your return early and obtain your refund now!!!

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