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Tax dodging Northern Ireland fisherman gets suspended sentence

By Adrian Rutherford

A fisherman who failed to pay more than £24,000 in tax and National Insurance contributions due on self-employed earnings has been given a suspended prison sentence.

An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs revealed that for 12 years Patrick Gerard Flynn (54), from Nicholas Walk, Ardglass, did not declare earnings of more than £155,000 - profits he had made as a share fisherman.

The tax records of a fishing boat owner showed that Flynn had been employed as a crew member and his pay as a share fisherman had been recorded in the financial accounts.

However, Flynn failed to declare this income to HMRC or submit any self-assessment tax returns, evading £24,155.86.

Flynn pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for one year, at Antrim Crown Court. He was also ordered to pay a £3,000 compensation order and was given 28 days to set up a payment plan to return the tax he evaded.

The judge said failure to set up the payment plan would lead to a review of the sentence.

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