Brian Keegan

Brian Keegan

Digital taxation rules could hit Ireland harder

Digital taxation rules could hit Ireland harder

It is crucial for companies with international trade to engage with the OECD, to ensure Irish interests are not hampered

If a tax dodge looks too good to be true, it probably is

If a tax dodge looks too good to be true, it probably is

Governments guard PAYE tax jealously – but the British Revenue’s clampdown on a long-running avoidance scheme is so draconian that it has lost political support

Brexit Britain in danger of grinding to a halt

Brexit Britain in danger of grinding to a halt

A no-deal scenario could crush importers and exporters under an unworkable mountain of paperwork, despite the best efforts of Whitehall civil servants

When is a border not a border?

When is a border not a border?

A no-deal Brexit will inevitably mean border controls on the island of Ireland, but in many cases these could be enforced by self-assessment and advance declarations

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