Friday, 8 June 2012

Mick Wallace VAT underpayment results in 2.1 million euro settlement

I had reason to be in Wexford the other week and was party to a conversation in which a taxi driver declared his staunch support and admiration for independent TD Mick Wallace - not the only person in the locality to do so. 

This was before Wallace settled - or his company settled - a sum of €2.1 million with Revenue after he had  deliberately under-declared VAT payments made by the firm.  A sum which Revenue is unlikely to get as the company is now in receivership.

I've always thought Ireland a strange place, even as a kid growing up in it.  Where else - seriously - would you get an ex property developer socialist?

Mind you, we also have socialists who are against property taxes.  We have patriotic, investor-supporting anarchists.  We have (strangest of all) self-professed "socialist" teachers.  Socialist in the deformed Stalinist-state sense I suppose, insofar as they would  swear two-plus-two was five in order to maintain their privileges, like the most Stakhanovian apparatchik, and keep the whole rotten edifice in existence. 

I do think Wallace is genuine, however.   And I'd say he's an alright sort.  And at least he is not that gobshite Ming Flanagan with his hick twenty-years-too-late "I smoke pot, you know" posturing.  The prat who stood out in supported of a failed compulsory Irish policy when Enda Kenny talked about scrapping it.   Kenny subsequently caved into the lobbyists, of course.

Wallace seems OK though.  For instance, he has single-handedly provided football facilities for kids in his part of the country, where few - if any - existed previously.  I mean "football" as it is understood throughout the whole world apart from the USA,  where they require armour to play rugby.  

"Soccer", some call it.  Wallace has done a lot for the world's greatest game in that particular corner of a country cursed with the Irish establishment sports of Bogball and Stickfighting. 

Several of Wallace's former employees called radio stations to support him today, and it seems he was a good bloke to work for.  And I must say I found it funny to watch the feigned indignation of TDs getting all worked up about tax-compliance and morality, in a shysters'  parliament that deliberately encouraged tax avoidance during the bubble, and possesses all the morality of a paedophile priest set loose in a Kindergarten. 

It's difficult to see, however, how Wallace has not left himself open to easy comebacks by his political opponents should he ever speak on subjects such as public services, social welfare or the rest... all funded, of course, by taxation.  

What might be interesting, I believe, would be a thorough investigation of every single Dail TDs finances.  Property investments, business links,  tax returns and the rest of it - even as they are serving TDs.  I'm sure you would find quite a few forced to exchange sham indignation for  prudent silence.

Wallace's under-payments at least date to before his election to the Irish parliament, but it's hard to see how his political career can continue - and it is finished for a fact if bankruptcy concludes his business affairs.

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Taxpayer said...

"Mick Wallace has not broken any tax law, his company did." Thats grand Mick thanks for explaining that one, enjoy the craic in Poland.

The Gombeen Man said...

Sometimes, Taxpayer, a short concise comment like yours can say something more effectively than one consisting of several paragraphs.

You're right, of course.

Dakota said...

"I've always thought Ireland a strange place, even as a kid growing up in it." Consider yourself lucky GM, the majority never see through it.

Mr Wallace did wrong, it's ultimately up to him what he does with his political career. Though I'll say this GM, there is not many of them in the "Dail" that can preach virtue on this. One, a FG (no boast for them) TD stood up to the insanity of the bubble. Parish Pump Pukes the lot of them. If it was possible to destroy an already consumed fiasco they have done so.

anna said...

initially i was indignant about this- BUT I think there is a bit more to Mick Wallace - Rarely for an Irish Politician He DOES actually admit to doing wrong.I'd like to read more on his business history- did he just get caught up in this, not realizing how much unstable debt he had taken on- and that buyers weren't there for all his properties? After all he took on massive debts- BUT also a greedy and reckless bank gave it to him. there ARE worse people- and many of these have/ are serving in Irish politics/justice/finance/ high positions in business etc...

Taxpayer said...

Anna, he had no choice but to a admit it as he would appear in the next edition of "Stubbs Gazette" which displays all information on tax defaulters.
A very usefull little journal dating back to 1836.

The Gombeen Man said...

@ Dakota. With one or two very notable exceptions, D, they all sat in the same room as the bubble inflated nicely. No doubt with an eye on some of their investments.

@ Anna and Taxpayer. I suppose he at least admitted that he knowingly filed false returns, rather than claiming it was a mistake.

Anonymous said...

Laim Smullen
“I've always thought Ireland a strange place, even as a kid growing up in it.
Where else - seriously - would you get an ex property developer socialist?”
There is nothing too unusual ex property developer socialists if its accepted
That George Soros is a liberal or a man with a social conscience.
He was in Ireland As guest of former Taoiseach garret fitzgerald in 2004, opposing George bushs
Relection campaign.
He also is known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of England" because of his
US$1 billion in investment profits during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis.
( In the process it forced not only Britain to devalue but also ireland giving both countries longest
economic Booms since 1992 and ireland its first ever economic Boom since independence)
Plus his role in the Asian 1998 financial crises by selling short the Thai baht and the Malaysian ringgit
And other such investments in Asian real estate and making billions in the processes, but i dont know
How much.
Mick Wallace still has still questions to answer even the offences took place before he gained his
Dail seat, he should not be judged an lighter than a fianna fail T.D. or catholic priest
other offences include doubling money paid to himself and son even as financial troubles began to hit
Mick Wallace doubled the money paid to himself and his son by his building firm, even as it
began to hit financial difficulties that left it unable to pay its full VAT bill.
Company records show M&J Wallace paid the TD and his son, the only directors, €290,000 for the year ended August 2008, when it made a €2.6m loss.
Their pay was up from €148,141 a year earlier.
Plus also being in trouble over pension contributions funds as regards his workers.

The Gombeen Man said...

Thanks for that Laim, interesting indeed. One thing I'd disagree with: I was living in London during Black MOnday 1992, and Britain's subsequent withdrawal from the ERM. My recollections were not of a boom, I can assure you. The number of empty units on the industrial estate I worked on was very high indeed. The country was still picking up the pieces after a property bubble brought on by easy credit (100% mortages and all the rest) after Thatcher had deregulated much of the financial sector. When I left in 1995, the UK economy was still moribund.

As far as I can see about Wallace, the more you see the more untenable his position becomes. Thank's for that info and those excellent links.

12 June 2012 08:48