The Irish Revenue has issued guidance on the tax treatment of the supply of emergency accommodation and the donations of gifts of goods or meals supplied in response to the COVID-19 crisis, outlining the application of the Capital Goods Scheme (CGS) to emergency accommodation. The CGS is a mechanism for regulating the amount of VAT reclaimed over the VAT-life, and aims to ensure that the VAT reclaimed reflects the use to which the property is put over its VAT-life.
Revenue said that, as a concessionary treatment, it will not apply the CGS “big swing” adjustment in cases where the change in the proportion of deductible use is a consequence of a capital good being diverted for use as emergency accommodation.
The guidance also explained the VAT treatment of donations of gifts of goods and meals. Generally, where a business donates goods free … Read More »
As the UK gears up to begin the process of leaving the European Union at the end of the month (the implications of which are still, to be honest, as clear as mud in terms of trade and tax matters), near neighbor Ireland has been keeping busy with its own affairs ahead of the Republic’s planned election, to be held in February.
The election is set to take place on February 8, with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar explaining that this date provides a window to ensure a new government is in place ahead of the next European Council meeting in March.
In a recent speech, Varadkar revealed that the next step in the Brexit process, which is likely to especially impact the Republic due to its location and close relationship with the UK, will be to negotiate a free trade agreement between … Read More »
In Ireland, on September 11, the Irish Finance Department revealed that given the lack of clarity regarding the timing and format that the UK’s exit will take, and with the Budget just four weeks away, the Government has decided to formulate the Budget on the basis of a disorderly Brexit.
The Irish authorities have reported that they are committed to a budgetary package of EUR2.8bn, EUR2.1bn of which has been pre-committed to spending measures. This leaves about EUR700m for tax-side measures.
The Department said that the Government is taking a “twin-track” approach to the Budget. This involves funding services and making progress on particular policy areas and supporting sectors and regions most exposed to Brexit-related disruption.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe explained that: “A no-deal Brexit will have profound implications for Ireland on all levels. These include macroeconomic, trade, and sectoral challenges, both immediately … Read More »
A report compiled by Irish business association, Ibec, has argued that Ireland may be affected significantly by the OECD’s proposals to modify how taxing rights are allocated among countries.
The OECD is developing new digital tax rules that would be presented for adoption internationally at the end of 2020, which will focus on two central pillars.
First, the OECD will review existing rules that divide up among jurisdictions the right to tax the income of multinational enterprises, including traditional transfer pricing rules and the arm’s length principle. It will look at how these can be modified to take into account the changes that digitalization has brought to the world economy. This will require a re-examination of the so-called “nexus” rules – namely how to determine the connection a business has with a given jurisdiction – and the rules that govern how much … Read More »
Ireland’s Small Firms Association recently argued that better supporting SMEs through the tax system would mitigate the country’s over-reliance on revenues linked to foreign direct investment.
According to SFA, Ireland’s competitiveness is under threat. It therefore argued that the Government needs to take steps to “de-risk our economy from over-reliance on FDI and seize an important opportunity to future-proof our economic model.” It said that the Budget needs to provide certainty to small businesses.
One of SFA’s priorities is a reduction in capital gains tax (CGT). It recommended a reduction in CGT to 20 percent across the board (pointing out that, at 33 percent, Ireland’s CGT rate is one of the highest among developed economies), in order to make investing in a business in Ireland more attractive. It also argued for an increase in the lifetime limit for gains under the CGT … Read More »
The Irish Government recently announced plans to quadruple the carbon tax rate by 2030, as part of a major new package of policies aimed at combating climate change.
According to the Government’s new Climate Action Plan, “taxation policy can play a central role in incentivizing the behavioral change necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” The Plan commits the Government “to having in place a taxation framework, which plays its full part in exerting, along with other available policy levers, the necessary leverage to reduce our emissions.”
The carbon tax is currently charged at EUR20 per ton of CO2 equivalent. The charge is paid by the importer or the extractor on the content of fossil fuels. The rate has not changed since 2014.
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In early June, the European Union recommended that Ireland broaden its tax base and take further steps to crack down on aggressive tax planning. The EU said that Ireland’s public finances have improved, but suggested that the risks of revenue volatility remain and that the revenue base could be made more resilient. According to the EU, “limiting the scope and number of tax expenditures and broadening the tax base would improve revenue stability in the face of economic volatility.” The Union recommended that Ireland should “continue to address features of the tax system that may facilitate aggressive tax planning, and focus in particular on outbound payments.”
Then, hot on the heels of the EU grumblings, not for the first time, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council warned the Government about funding spending increases or tax relief with high corporate tax receipts. According … Read More »
When it comes to economic and tax developments, Ireland doesn’t do half measures. Most countries are accustomed to riding the ups and downs of the economic cycle, but Ireland has made the experience something of a rollercoaster, from the roaring Celtic Tiger economy of the 1990s and 2000s, to the country’s near-bankruptcy at the nadir of the global financial crisis when, at one point, the Government reported a budget deficit in excess of 30 percen of GDPt.
You might have thought that this stomach-churning ride through boom and bust might have tempered ambitions and expectations in Ireland. But not a bit of it. In 2015, GDP was estimated to have grown by a massive 26 percent, although that figure was, it turned out, greatly distorted by a few large assets transfers connected to corporate inversions by US multinationals.
Nevertheless, the economy has … Read More »
Tax reform is expected to not only have a transformative effect on the US itself, but also internationally, as US and foreign investors shift more investment to America. And Ireland is one country worried about the impact of the proposed corporate tax cuts and foreign dividend exemption in the US.
Brexit is often identified as the greatest danger to the Irish economy, given its strong commercial links to the United Kingdom. But, with Ireland’s trade and investment links to the United States arguably even more significant, the economic fall-out could be more serious than a hard Brexit.
Statistics attest to how Ireland’s economic fortunes are intertwined with those of US investors. US investment in Ireland totals USD343bn, and while Ireland represents just 1 percent of the European economy, it attracted 20 percent of all US FDI investment to Europe in 2015. Some … Read More »
We often refer to Ireland’s corporate tax advantage when discussing international tax issues and the competition for foreign investment. Less discussed beyond Ireland’s shores, I’m sure, is its individual income tax disadvantage.
While Ireland’s top rate of personal income tax at 40 percent (recently reduced from 41 percent) is broadly in line with other European countries, it kicks in at a relatively low amount of income (EUR33,800 in 2017). When Universal Social Charge – brought in as part of Ireland’s fiscal retrenchment deal with its bailout creditors – is factored into the equation, this has resulted in a marginal tax rate of over 50 percent for some, which places Ireland among the Nordic nations in terms of individual tax.
By comparison, the UK’s higher 40 percent rate of tax applies to income exceeding GBP45,000 this year, which is the equivalent of more … Read More »