Standard Life makes the point that Irish taxpayers who fall within the standard rate of income tax and whose payment will exceed the annual capital gains tax allowance would be better advised to select the default income option in this case.    Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Irrespective of postal delays or whatever other reasons give rise to various similar situations, it seems to me that the Standard Life payment is a ca(...)

When a large number of Vodafone shareholders similarly failed to have their preference to receive a windfall payment as capital last year, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan made a special provision in his 2015 budget to ensure they would not face a tax bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s tax authorities say they have no choice but to require 4,000 Standard Life shareholders to pay up to €1.3 million of their recent €2.7 milli(...)

Joint Garda/social welfare checkpoint on Mallow to Cork road. Twenty members of the force joined the national unit earlier this year and are able to use their powers of arrest. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

It’s shortly after 9am and the benefit fraud team spots two builders working on the roof of a house in a suburban housing estate. “I’ve a funny feelin(...)

Cocaine worth an estimated €1.75 million has been seized in Cork. Photograph: Getty Images.

Cocaine worth an estimated €1.75 million has been seized in Cork. Some 25kg of the drug was discovered last Friday when customs officers examined cont(...)

Mr Justice Raymond Groarke directed the Fossett brothers to give an undertaking that an accountant who has recently been appointed by the company would make returns to the Revenue Commissioners

Fossett Brothers Circus has been given a chance of a new beginning by a judge in the Circuit Civil Court. Circuit Court president Mr Justice Raymond G(...)

A total of 116 puppies were seized from two vehicles bound for the UK at Dublin Port on Wednesday. The pups, aged between five and eight weeks old, were recovered when two vans were stopped and searched yesterday evening at Dublin Port following an  investigation into the illegal shipment of dogs. Photograph: DSPCA/PA Wire.

A total of 116 puppies were seized from two vehicles bound for the UK at Dublin Port on Wednesday. Pugs, West Highland Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Shih(...)

The Revenue Commissioners said that more than 67,000 mandatory deductions have been made from wages or pensions to collect the local property tax this year. File photograph: Joe St Ledger/The Irish Times

More than 67,000 mandatory deductions have been made from wages or pensions to collect the local property tax. Total compliance rates for 2013 and 201(...)

Revenue sniffer dog Stella who uncovered a haul of cannabis worth some €840,000 at a post sorting centre in Co Laois. The drugs (right) were concealed in a package sent from West Africa marked as ‘food and spices’. Images: Revenue.

Cannabis worth an estimated €840,000 has been seized at a post sorting centre in Co Laois. Some 42kg of the drug was discovered at An Post’s Portlaois(...)

Officers from Revenue’s customs service seized over 20,000 counterfeit stuffed toys based on movie characters at Dublin port. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Officers from Revenue’s customs service have seized a consignment of over 20,000 counterfeit stuffed Frozen toys, estimated to be worth up to €600,000(...)

RGD brand cigarettes which were seized by customs in Dublin Airport last Friday. Photograph: Revenue

Revenue’s Customs service has seized 130,000 cigarettes, worth € 68,300, at Dublin Airport.The RGD brand cigarettes, which originated in Greece, were (...)