“All animals are equal – but some are more equal than others”.
George Orwell’s famous truism springs readily to mind when reading the main news story in The Sunday Times, which reports the Taoiseach and some government ministers are still claiming the so-called ‘dual-abode allowance’ tax break reserved solely for senior politicians.
No more excuses. No more procrastination. Come in Mr Taxpayer your time is up.
That’s the key message from both The Sunday Business Post and The Sunday Times, both of which devote copious space to the upcoming October 31 and November 15 tax deadlines.
Two dozen tax officials have been disciplined for abuse of access to internal records since 2009, according to the Sunday Times. Three officials resigned and two were dismissed after being caught using the system for personal gains.
The Revenue is stepping up its crackdown on undeclared income by targeting accountants, lawyers and other professionals, The Sunday Business Post reports.
The Revenue is targeting teachers who give grinds as part of an investigation into the so-called ‘shadow economy’, according to The Sunday Business Post.
Principals in some Dublin schools received letters from the Revenue last week asking them to remind teachers any additional income from delivering grinds was subject to tax.