Also, it would appear the Revenue is reaching its tentacles into numerous other business sectors it largely ignored when tax money wasn’t considered a problem. Following on from The Sunday Business Post report of last week which lists university staff, airline pilots and doctors among those being targeted by the Revenue, it would appear numerous other categories are also on the taxman’s radar.

It would appear the Revenue believes translators, pharmacists, nurses, interpreters and others do not meet the criteria for self-employed tax status and they should be categorised PAYE.

Many airline pilots, for example, register as self-employed but work for only one airline, effectively making them employees. The newspaper also stated that doctors’ out-of-hours payments were being monitored as was locum work payments to pharmacists.

Even the ivory towers of academia are being stormed: “The Revenue is also in discussions with universities and colleges, in relation to the employment status of certain visiting academics.” “These issues relate, not just to the question of employment status, but also to the treatment of travelling expenses and subsistence payments,” Revenue documents state.

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