Brian Keegan

Brian Keegan

The Tax Take: The no-deal Brexit budget can disappoint with impunity

The Tax Take: The no-deal Brexit budget can disappoint with impunity

After the Minister for Finance’s announcement that the upcoming budget will assume no deal, expectations will be low - a good thing if you’re in government

To thine own seat be true

To thine own seat be true

British politicians are planning for a no-deal Brexit because, you guessed it, to do otherwise might cost votes

Vision of stakeholder capitalism forgets one key player: the taxman

Vision of stakeholder capitalism forgets one key player: the taxman

A US business group’s announcement that corporations should think of the greater good is short on detail and boils down to saying, ‘it’s nice to be nice’

The tax system continues to conspire against Irish landlords

The tax system continues to conspire against Irish landlords

The regulations on residential properties are tough compared to those that apply to other areas

Relief on college fees is welcome, but it can be hard to get a result

Relief on college fees is welcome, but it can be hard to get a result

It would be more useful to the families of third-level students if tax break structures were simplified and eligible expenses widened

The Tax Take: What to expect as Brexit bites

The Tax Take: What to expect as Brexit bites

Look beyond the blame game and we can be certain about some dire outcomes from Britain’s EU divorce

Make carbon taxes high-viz, or we’ll have our own gilets jaunes

Make carbon taxes high-viz, or we’ll have our own gilets jaunes

Behavioural taxes work only if they are avoidable, culturally acceptable and obvious

The tax take: All’s not fair in love and EU law

The tax take: All’s not fair in love and EU law

A changing of the guard at the European Commission usually brings a fresh agenda with it, but new president Ursula von der Leyen doesn’t seem at all keen to rock the boat

Britain and France approach a taxation entente cordiale

Britain and France approach a taxation entente cordiale

The two nations have similar ideas about how best to tax digital businesses - but the tax burden mightn’t fall where they think

The tax take: It’s all about making the statistics count

The tax take: It’s all about making the statistics count

Figures collected by Revenue and the CSO on income tax returns should be used to improve fairness and accuracy

The unmaking of Hong Kong

The unmaking of Hong Kong

It was the poster boy of laissez-faire economic success, but China’s heavy-handed approach to managing Hong Kong may change the lie of the land

Ireland must throw down a Brexit gauntlet

Ireland must throw down a Brexit gauntlet

The budget needs to be a statement of intent about how we handle Britain’s exit, as the Summer Economic Statement underlines the cost to our economy

Act quickly – before carbon taxes go out of fashion

Act quickly – before carbon taxes go out of fashion

The government’s green plan is full of ideas but short on action points; it needs to finalise the details while taxpayers are still amenable

Fail to sell carbon tax, and the public will not buy it

Fail to sell carbon tax, and the public will not buy it

People need to know exactly how their ‘green’ money will be spent – and we need alternatives to carbon-inefficient energy

Trump throws cat among the pigeons with NHS remark

Trump throws cat among the pigeons with NHS remark

The US president’s casual suggestion that Britain’s health service might be up for grabs in a future trade deal with the US is a fair warning for those hoping for a cosy post-Brexit relationship