Recently, Revenue ran a project (Services Contractors Project) which involves the reviewing expenses claimed (travel, subsistence and similar expenses) by companies set up by individuals as a vehicle to provide contracting services are being targeted in the South West of the Country. They are now extending this project nationwide.

It is reported that Revenue are treating the amounts of tax involved and the pattern of “persistent behaviour over time”, Revenue is treating cases that fall within this project as deliberate default cases. Therefore, contractors who make an unprompted disclosure will be subject to penalties of 10% plus interest, whereas the penalty for prompted disclosures will be 50%.

Patrick O Rourke, O’Kelly Sutton, Chartered Accountants, Tax Consultants & Business Advisors.