Brian Keegan

Brian Keegan

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

Sweden 2019: Harking back to Hanseatic times

Sweden 2019: Harking back to Hanseatic times

The EU needs as many ‘groups within the group’ as possible to help secure its project, and Sweden and Ireland are at the heart of a new alliance

Remember the water charges washout?

Remember the water charges washout?

Without choices, a carbon tax is simply a tax. We must provide greener alternatives first, and then charge for them later

Legal anomalies underline the North’s political shortcomings

Legal anomalies underline the North’s political shortcomings

In the assembly’s absence, laws have diverged between the North and Britain – and some of the differences are not trivial

Why we collect more corporation tax than ever

Why we collect more corporation tax than ever

The question of how much big companies pay in tax has become something of an obsession. But given the events of 2008, it’s not hard to see why

Is it worth having tax consultations?

Is it worth having tax consultations?

These days, the consultation process is something of a mini-industry, and many such efforts either fail entirely or don’t get to the root of the problem

Businesses will have to adjust to new realities of Chinese trade

Businesses will have to adjust to new realities of Chinese trade

China is reducing its dependence on the US market, creating opportunities – and hurdles – for European firms

The Tax Take with Brian Keegan

The Tax Take with Brian Keegan

Don’t underestimate the role the European Parliament plays in fighting for fair taxation across the EU

The Tax Take: Gig economy is next front in battle for fair taxation

The Tax Take: Gig economy is next front in battle for fair taxation

Tech has outstripped the capacity of 100-year-old tax rules, but OECD revenue authorities have these flexible transactions in their crosshairs

The many perils of ‘playing politics’ with property tax

The many perils of ‘playing politics’ with property tax

Paschal Donohoe has effectively frozen the local property tax for a year, but he won’t be getting a whisper of thanks for it