Donegal has third-highest number of tax defaulters in country

Donegal has one of the highest per-capita number of tax defaulters in the country according to analysis of Revenue data over a five-year period.

Donegal has one of the highest per-capita number of tax defaulters in the country according to analysis of Revenue data over a five-year period.

Monaghan, Wexford and Donegal had the highest per-capita number of tax defaulters between the start of 2008 and the end of 2012.

Monaghan had the highest number of tax defaulters between the start of 2008 and the end of 2012, with 1.19 cases for every 1,000 adults living in the county, according to analysis published in the Irish Times.

Wexford and Donegal had the next highest number of tax default cases with 0.96 and 0.94 cases per 1,000 of their adult populations respectively.

The average liability per head of adult population stood at €204 in Donegal.

The analysis also showed that company directors, builders and farmers have made the largest settlements in the past five years, according to tax defaulter data published quarterly on the Revenue website.

Current and retired company directors were the highest tax default bill, paying €68 million to the Revenue Commissioners in the five years between 2008 and 2012. The profession attracted 265 settlements in the period with an average payout of a quarter of a million euro.

Meanwhile, 118 builders and construction contractors paid liabilities of €30 million between them to the tax man in the same period, averaging out at €254,000.

Farmers’ cumulative tax default bill came to €20.5 million. Although a higher number of active and retired farmers made settlements with the Revenue Commissioners than builders, with 134 cases recorded over the five years, their average tax liability was smaller at just under €153,000 per individual.

A total of 45 property developers made settlements of €15.8 million to the Revenue, averaging €351,623 each, while landlords paid over €13.5 million in settlements with an average liability of just €205,000 each.

Publicans and restaurateurs also made the top 10, with settlements of €12.3 million and €11.4 million respectively.