Brian Keegan

Brian Keegan

The EU doesn’t make it easy for us to like it

The EU doesn’t make it easy for us to like it

Needless and unjustified proposals on tax only feed the sort of antipathy that brought about Brexit

US-style shutdown is just what Brexit needs

US-style shutdown is just what Brexit needs

The suspension of government services in the US has nothing to recommend it, except that it forces hard political decisions to be taken

The Tax Take: A money-back guarantee?

The Tax Take: A money-back guarantee?

Using the tax system to change people’s behaviour doesn’t always have the desired effect

Braced for a Brexit blow to tax yield

Braced for a Brexit blow to tax yield

The looming Apple case is a threat to robust corporation tax policy, but the income tax regime is unlikely to change much in 2019

Out of the blue and into the backstop

Out of the blue and into the backstop

Most backstops are devised to guard against mishaps, but the Brexit one is a child of mutual suspicion

Just why is corporation tax so volatile?

Just why is corporation tax so volatile?

Almost €1 out of every €5 collected in Ireland in 2018 is paid as corporation tax, but we don’t seem to be very good at forecasting it

Welcome to the new Hanseatic League

Welcome to the new Hanseatic League

An alliance of eight EU members – including Ireland – is coalescing to protect economic interests in northern Europe. But will it have any real effect?

Someone needs to call ‘foul’ over flat-rate expenses fiasco

Someone needs to call ‘foul’ over flat-rate expenses fiasco

Revenue has a difficult job to do, which it generally does well and without any need for interference. But this latest move is unfair, and the government’s hands are tied

The Tax Take: After all the Brexit bluster, still the same old sad song

The Tax Take: After all the Brexit bluster, still the same old sad song

Last week’s Brexit agreement gives some small grounds for optimism, but the overall outlook is still overwhelmingly bleak

Give us an ombudsman to stand up for taxpayers

Give us an ombudsman to stand up for taxpayers

Brexit confusion highlights the need for a US-style figure within government structures to fight our corner when political decisions are being made

A taxing time  across the board

A taxing time across the board

The row about where tech companies pay their taxes is taking priority over the important issue of data privacy

Why no-deal Brexit will be ordeal Brexit

Why no-deal Brexit will be ordeal Brexit

The British government’s newly-published Partnership Pack lays bare the full horror of what will happen if that country leaves the EU without a deal

The Tax Take : Deciding which tax system is best: a simple one or a fair one

The Tax Take : Deciding which tax system is best: a simple one or a fair one

The Irish tax system is relatively simple for companies and PAYE individuals alike. But does this simplicity come at the cost of fairness?

The machine that never makes a sound

The machine that never makes a sound

I cannot recall another budget which produced such a muted reaction – but maybe therein lies its achievement

The Tax Take Budget 2019 special

The Tax Take Budget 2019 special

The budget is likely to leave most of us slightly better off, but don't go breaking out the champers and party hats