Although a banking report last year estimated there were 33,000 millionaires, the Revenue Commissioners are only able to identify 12,300 people with incomes over €250,000.
Maybe ask some of our prominent TDs where they are still hiding? Maybe start with her "fancy builder man".? First we need a database of every able bodied citizen actually living in the country and running any kind of business.(Many of them may not even have PRSI numbers..)
Then we need a team of extraordinary Revenue "head hunters" equipped with powers to doorstep every likely looking farmer/builder they encounter and demand identification.They would then have full power to prize open all bank accounts held by the individual on a pure random basis.
There should be no need for the Revenue to have any suspicion. An ideal scenario would be a traffic checkpoint manned by Revenue officials.Every driver of a vehicle costing over 50,000 euros could be randomly investigated and checked for tax compliance.
Lets say for example a nosy neighbour see somebody like Liam Lawlor (now deceased), burning files in his back garden and phones the Gardai. The report is immediately referred to the Revenue posse who would have a rapid reaction team with powers to begin the fullest investigation of all his activities,assets etc.
Such a new force could number many thousands, and numerous idle civil servants from other departments might be seconded to the teams.
A story: I retired from commercial activity some ten years past, and moved abroad. Due to a small clerical blip in the process of closing down my business this fact was not correctly registered with Revenue.
Annual tax forms continued to arrive at my former home in Dublin, every year afterwards for about 5 years .
After another three years passed , with no completed forms getting back to Revenue,a letter arrived threatening prosecution if I did not finally send in my tax returns for the previous 8 years.!
A worried family member returned the letter with the news that I had emigrated some ten years previously.
No word since. My point is, at this rate of activity, most of the "missing" 33,000 millionaires may well be with CJH and Liam and the rest of the Hoodlums of Destiny, in their graves, before they ever even get a letter (or an Email ?) from Revenue!-and their is no mail delivery (not even a computer) where they-and thousands of their pals -are languishing at present!