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Stars awarded tax-free status by Revenue 02.08.17

FORMER Ireland rugby captain Paul O'Connell and 2fm Breakfast Republic presenter Jennifer Zamparelli are among over 200 individuals recently awarded tax-free status by the Revenue Commissioners under the Artists’ Exemption scheme.
The Munster sporting legend (37) was granted the exemption on earnings from his top-selling autobiography 'Paul O'Connell: The Battle' published by Penguin last October.
The book was the runaway Christmas best-seller in Ireland in 2016 and won Sports Book of the Year at the annual Bord Gais Energy awards.
Zamparelli (37) received the tax-free boost for her work on scripts for popular Irish sitcom 'Bridget and Eamon', a Republic of Telly spin-off.
Meanwhile, 'Republic of Telly' sketch writers Danny Kehoe and Sharon Mannion also received the favourable tax designation for their comic endeavours.
Broadcaster Aonghus McAnally (62) is also listed under the ‘play’ category for his musical show ‘Celebrating Christie Hennessy’.
Irish crime drama 'Red Rock' also features with tax-free status for scriptwriters John Condon, Mairead Kiernan and Kim Revill. The TV3 hit series is one of the country’s most successful television exports after being picked up for prime slots by the BBC and Amazon Prime.
RTE radio and TV star Ryan Tubridy appears for a second time on the list for his "captivating" children's book 'Patrick and the President'. The 44-year old broadcaster also received tax-free status for his debut book 'JFK in Ireland: Four Days that Changed a President' (2010).
Some 244 new additions under the Artists' Exemption scheme were approved by Revenue in the first half of this year including playwrights, painters, composers, sculptors and debut novelists such as Sally Rooney for her 'Conversations with Friends' and Eithne Shortall for ‘Love in Row 27’.
A blanket tax exemption for artists was first introduced by Taoiseach Charles Haughey in 1969.
A cap of €40,000 on annual earnings was introduced in 2011 and increased to €50,000 in 2015. It is understood the scheme could be revised further in future budgets.
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