Cork hurling goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack has become the latest victim of an Irish tax clampdown. He has been forced to pay back €1,250 in owed tax to Ireland’s revenue service, the Revenue Commissioners.
Donal Óg is listed officially as a publican and off licence operator. He is also Ireland’s first openly gay elite sportsperson.
He has been a member of the senior Cork inter-county team since 1999.
Another shock appearance on the Revenue’s list of tax-evaders was Donegal County Council after it came to a total settlement of almost €800,000. An audit uncovered an under-declared €547,775 in PAYE and PRSI. Interest and penalties were €252,133.
In the three months to 31 March 2010, there were 88 settlements accepted totalling €16.43 million in overdue tax to the Revenue.
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