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Donegal is fifth highest for income tax default 29.07.15

DONEGAL has the fifth highest rate in the country for failing to make income tax returns, a new report shows.
Donegal recorded 864 offences in the period between 2002 and 2014, the equivalent of 536 cases per 100,000 of population.
The findings are part of a special report by the RTÉ Investigations Unit which analysed Revenue Commissioners data on more than 11,000 people. It covers those convicted of failing to make income tax returns over a 13-year period.
County Roscommon had the highest rate of convictions, where the number of cases per 100,000 of population was 671. That was almost ten times higher than the lowest in Kilkenny, where the rate was just 68 per 100,000.
High rates were also recorded across the North West and Midlands where Longford, Leitrim, Offaly, and Donegal joined Roscommon to make up the top five.
The report's authors said that it was important to note that enforcement rates can differ according to county.
The construction sector had more than double the offenders of any other sector, and accounted for over a third of all the convictions.
Farmers accounted for the biggest number of tax convictions. They made up 10.4% of the Revenue list, followed by company directors (4.7%), builders (3.5%) and building contractors (3.2%).
More than €20 million was paid in fines on foot of these tax convictions.
Men accounted for the overwhelming majority of the convictions in the Revenue data, with 94.2% of the cases involving males.
Clusters of Revenue activity can be spotted throughout the data where specific counties or industries appear to be targeted in a particular year.
More of the report and rates from each county is available at www.rte.ie/iu/tax .
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