Chambers targets northern boozers

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The commerce group says Government should chase bootleggers for "tax evasion" the same way it does cigarette bandits



8 February 2009

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Chambers Ireland, the country’s largest business organisation, has said that the Government should target people who purchase alcohol in Northern Ireland for resale in the Republic for “tax evasion”.

In a letter sent to the Oireachtas, the organisation pointed the finger at businesses it accused of “purchasing alcohol out of this state for sale or use here in hospitality, off-licence and vintner outlets, without paying duty.”

Chambers Ireland has called on the Government to deal with this tax evasion through “the same robust policing accorded to the illegal tax-evading importation of cigarettes and fuels.”

The commerce body also blamed the Government’s inaction on Ireland’s continuing failure to compete on price with neighbouring markets, and said that the decline in business in border towns has hit local authorities’ pockets.



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