IRD pressure on the Construction Industry
It is important to keep proper books and records and ensure you meet your tax obligations. IRD say “declare it all or risk everything” in a recent announcement.
Late payments and bad debts are the main triggers of insolvency in construction companies. The payment of taxes however contributes to cash flow problems.
IRD’s recent release is heavily focussed on enforcement. Winding up applications by the Revenue are also on the rise generally.
For more information on the Revenue’s latest release relating to “cashies” read here.
Dealing with IRD
We recommend communicating early and negotiating a time payment arrangement if your company falls into arrears but generally your business is viable. The IRD will likely require you to complete an IR591 (12 month cashflow forecast) to support any plan. The IRD provide the following advice for managing tax and for gaining financial relief for companies, partnerships and trusts <read here>
If the financial position of the company is dire then contact a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner to discuss the options. The IRD may consider financial relief or an instalment plan.
There is a high risk of financial penalties for failing to take action. By making a full voluntary disclosure, IRD say you may have your penalties reduced by up to 100%, you may avoid prosecution and you may retain your good business reputation. By communicating early on, your business has more chance of survival. By taking action early as a director you are less likely to be breaching your duties under the Companies Act 1993 and to be held personally liable.