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More interventions in short-term planned by Revenue Commissioners in doctors’ tax probe

A spokesperson for Revenue told the Medical Independent (MI) that a “further number” of interventions are expected to commence in the short term. “It is not possible to provide a time line for the completion of the programme. Cases are prioritised based on risk and Revenue will continue to carry out compliance interventions in response to identified risk.”

As of 30 September, the total yield arising from Revenue’s investigation was €54,128,354, relating to 253 consultants and their connected companies. This comprised of €30,225,347 (taxes), €5,410,212 (interest), €3,573,972 (penalties) and €14,918,823 (future uplift).

In 2010, Revenue initiated a review of the tax affairs of medical consultants in the Dublin region following concerns about a tax planning strategy being promoted within the medical profession. Following an initial review of a number of cases to ascertain the issues and the risks involved, the project was expanded to the tax affairs of medical consultants nationally in 2013.

To date, 34 cases have been published on the List of Tax Defaulters arising from this compliance programme.

As of 30 September, 445 cases have been closed, while some 71 cases are under appeal.

Last year, Revenue indicated to MI that it was “continuing to look at” a facility whereby it can disclose taxpayer information to a professional body where it is satisfied that the work of the agent did not meet the professional standards of that body. This is permitted under the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997.

However, Revenue’s spokesperson said there is “no update” on this prospect.

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