Pearse Trust Blog

Budget 2017 - Ireland Remains An Ideal Location For Business

Posted by Pearse Trust on Monday, Oct 17, 2016

On 11 October 2016, the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, delivered Ireland’s Budget for 2017 and also provided an “Update on Ireland’s International Tax Strategy”.

The favourable provisions introduced in the Budget and as outlined in the Update on Ireland’s International Tax Strategy:

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Tags: Ireland, Tax, Economy

Dividends - Who Gets Paid And Why?

Posted by Pearse Trust on Monday, Sep 19, 2016

A dividend is a distribution to the shareholders of a company based upon the number and type of shares that they hold.  

Dividends are voluntary in the sense that there is no legal obligation for a company to pay a dividend, unless otherwise stated in the company’s constitution. 

A dividend must be paid from the distributable profits of the company and depending on the type of dividend it will be declared at a general meeting of the company or by a resolution of the directors. Once a dividend has been declared it is due and payable.

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Tags: Ireland, Tax

Property Tax Considerations for Irish Companies

Posted by Pearse Trust on Monday, Sep 12, 2016

Under normal circumstances, an Irish company will purchase commercial property to use for the purposes of its business.

The purchase of residential property by an Irish company may not necessarily be for business reasons.

Where an Irish company decides to acquire either a commercial or residential property, it is important to consider the Irish taxation implications.

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Tags: Ireland, Tax

A Refresher on Irish Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

Posted by Pearse Trust on Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016

The main purpose of this material is to give a general update of the more important Irish tax filing and payment deadlines under the Irish self-assessment tax system.

Corporation Tax

Irish tax resident companies are required to file its Corporation Tax (“CT”) return via Revenue’s Online Service (“ROS”). The CT return and balancing tax payment are generally due by the ninth month after the accounting period (“AP”) end but no later than the 23rd day of that month.

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Tags: Ireland, Tax, VAT

Assigning Receivables: Minimising the Potential Tax Implications

Posted by Pearse Trust on Monday, Aug 15, 2016

Under Irish tax law, a debt receivable is an asset for Irish Capital Gains Tax (CGT) purposes. Therefore, the assignment by an Irish company of a receivable would be a disposal by that company of an asset. 

By structuring the transaction and documentation in a tax efficient manner, it is possible to minimise the potential Irish tax implications where an Irish company assigns its receivable, i.e. a debt or loan that someone owes to the Irish company.

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Tags: Ireland, Legal, Tax, Finance

Consequences of Breaching Statutory Compliance Requirements

Posted by Pearse Trust on Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016

With the introduction of the Companies Act 2014 “the Act” in Ireland, failure to meet corporate compliance requirements and the offences for breaching one’s obligationsunder Irish company law have been codified and can be found under Part 14 of the Act.

The Act provides considerable consequences for breaching company law and has categorised the offences by a four-tier system based upon the seriousness of the offence. As a consequence, the offences are easier to identify.  

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Tags: Ireland, Legal, Directors

Charitable Tax Status & Name Exemption For Irish Companies

Posted by Pearse Trust on Wednesday, Aug 03, 2016

This blog will look at the requirements for qualifying for charitable tax status and name exemption for Irish registered companies.

It will also discuss the statutory obligations placed on charities by the Charities Act 2009, the Companies Registration Office, the Revenue Commissioners and the Charities Regulatory Authority.

The 2009 Act was introduced in order to reform how charities are governed, to ensure that they comply with their legal obligations and to enhance transparency and governance standards in the charity sector.


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Tags: Ireland, Legal, Incorporation, Tax

Irish Private Companies - The Business of the AGM

Posted by Pearse Trust on Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016

The Annual General Meeting is a key event for a Company and it is important for the directors, secretary and shareholders to understand the business which is to be transacted at the AGM each year.

Pursuant to section 175 of the Companies Act 2014, an AGM must be held within 18 months from incorporation of a company and then on an annual basis, without 15 months elapsing from one AGM to another.

Unless consent to short notice is granted, notice of the AGM is to be issued to members 21 days before the meeting. In addition to providing the date, time, location and proxy details, the notice should detail the general nature of the business to be transacted at the meeting.   

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Tags: Ireland, Directors, Corporate Governance

Ireland’s Double Tax Treaty Network - An Update in 2 Minutes

Posted by Pearse Trust on Monday, Jul 25, 2016

Ireland’s network of treaties to eliminate and minimise double taxation continues to grow. Ireland has signed tax treaties with 72 countries; of these treaties 70 are in effect.

A full list of Ireland’s tax treaties can be found on the Revenue Commissioner's website. The treaties cover corporation tax, capital gains tax and income tax.

The information set out below provides an overview of the treaties recently signed by Ireland, including a summary of any updates to existing agreements and the developments in relation to new treaties.

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Tags: Ireland, Tax

Written Resolutions of Members and the Companies Act 2014

Posted by Pearse Trust on Monday, Jul 18, 2016

We considered Irish company resolutions in a previous Pearse Trust blog. However, the Companies Act 2014 brought about changes to the area of shareholder resolutions.

The changes intend to simplify the way that shareholders and directors resolve matters and are focused on resolutions made in writing.

Previously, members of a private company limited by shares could only pass resolutions by way of unanimous written resolution, when the articles of association of the company permitted them to do so. The Companies Act 2014 now permits all LTD companies to pass written resolutions.  DACs are also permitted to do so unless their Constitution provides otherwise.

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Tags: Ireland, Legal, Corporate Governance