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Budget 2024 Highlights

Delivering a €14bn Budget package, Minister McGrath described Budget 2024 as a ‘’step change” in planning for the future. As we have navigated through unprecedented challenges – the pandemic, Brexit, the war in Ukraine, and rates of inflation not seen for some 40 years, the Irish economy made a strong rebound in the past 12 months.

However, the continued effects of inflation, capacity constraints in the housing and labour markets and the current cost of living crisis have resulted in a deterioration of living standards for individuals, families and businesses for which today’s Budget contained immediate once-off supports aimed to respond to the acute needs of those who need it the most.

While Ireland continues to generate strong tax receipts, for the first time in several years there is a downward revision for 2023 as compared to earlier projections, which will continue into next year. Whilst the Minister welcomed a projected Government surplus of €8.8 billion for next year, it was acknowledged that our tax receipts must be used wisely to deliver a comprehensive set of financial supports and set the scene for significant future investments in public services such as housing, health, education and transport.

Income tax changes were mainly limited to a threshold increase to €42,000, above which the higher 40% rate of tax would apply, small increases to the main income tax credits and USC rates.

Whilst the Minister confirmed that we will keep our attractive 12.5% corporation tax rate, today’s Budget is set to make a fundamental change in global tax policy with the introduction of a new 15% minimum tax rate for large companies as provided for under the OECD Pillar Two Agreement.  This is a once-in-a-generation reform to our corporation tax system, and marks the culmination of a ten-year, global project to reform the taxation of multi-national enterprises.

For the SME sector, we see positive enhancements made to The Employment Investment Incentive Scheme (EII) and the introduction of a new targeted capital gains tax rate of 16% for angel investors when disposing of qualifying investment. The changes will help encourage investment in innovative start-up SME’s and unlock more equity investment in smaller, early stage, businesses that are typically most in need of funding.

The extension of the R&D Tax Credit regime, with an increased tax credit from 25% to 30% is welcomed as Ireland aims to stay competitive in the FDI space.

What was significant though was the Minister’s reference to a “future-proof” of public finances by establishing two new funds to save for future generations. The larger of the funds is the Future Ireland Fund, set to grow to €100 billion by 2035, to assist with paying for the additional health and pension costs associated with Ireland’s ageing population.

The government will also establish a second, smaller €14 billion infrastructure and climate fund, available to catch up on targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions and act as a buffer against capital spending cuts in any future downturn.

It is likely that the one-off support measures will grab the media headlines. However, it is the discussions and outcomes around the changing future tax base to enable us to fund public services and put in place a long-term plan that will make the economic future safer for all.

View the Budget 2024 highlights here.

Budget 2024 Highlights

Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath delivered the final Budget today, 10 October 2023. Below we outline the highlights of Budget 2024.

Personal Tax
  • Income tax standard rate bands increase by €2,000 to €42,000 (single person), with the married single earner band increasing to €51,000.
  • Personal, PAYE, Earned Tax credits to increase by €100 to €1,875.
  • Home Carer Tax Credit will increase by €100 to €1,800.
  • Incapacitated Child Tax Credit to increase to €3,500.
  • Small change to the second rate-band of Universal Social Charge which will increase from €22,920 to €25,760. The 4.5% rate is reducing to 4% from 1 January 2024.
  • Increase in the exemption from Income Tax, USC and PRSI to €400 on profits arising from domestic microgeneration of electricity which is supplied to the grid.
Enterprise/SMEs/Agri-sector
  • Introduction of 15% Corporation Tax rate, under the OECD Pillar Two agreement, on trading profits of large companies. SME sector unaffected. Further details to be announced in the Finance Bill.
  • Capital Gains Tax relief for Angel Investment in innovative start-ups. Qualifying investments will be certified by Enterprise Ireland with a minimum investment in new shares of at least €10,000. Relief will apply if shares are held for at least 3 years. A reduced rate of Capital Gains Tax of 16% will apply on a gain of up to twice the initial investment. A lifetime limit of €3m will apply to the relief.
  • From 1 January 2025 the upper levels of Retirement Relief will apply on disposals to children and to others between the ages of 55 and 70. A €10m limit will be introduced for disposals to a child up to the age of 70.
  • With effect from 1 January 2024 the minimum holding period of investment to claim relief under the Employment Investment Incentive (EII) scheme is being standardised at 4 years with the limit on such investments being increased to €500,000. Further changes to EII will be set out in the Finance Bill.
  • The rate of the Research & Development Tax Credit is being increased to 30% in respect of 2024 expenditure. The first-year payment threshold, which allows for a claim to be repaid in full rather than spread over 3 years, is being increased to €50,000.
  • Section 481 Film Relief investment cap being increased to €125m.
  • Accelerated capital allowances for energy efficient equipment are to be extended for a further two years to the end of 2025.
  • Accelerated capital allowances for farm safety equipment are to be extended to 31 December 2026.
  • Stamp Duty Consanguinity relief which reduces the duty applicable on transfer of farmland between family members from 7.5% to 1% is being extended to 31 December 2028.
  • The threshold for Stock Relief for registered farm partnerships is increasing to €20,000, while the aggregate lifetime limit of stamp duty relief for young trained farmers is being increased to €100,000 from 1 January 2024.
Housing/Cost of Living Measures
  • The Rent Tax Credit is being increased to €750. The tax credit will also be extended to parents paying their children’s rental costs while in third level education in the case of Rent-a-Room accommodation or “digs”.
  • A new Rented Residential Relief is being introduced for Landlords. The relief will be granted at the standard rate of tax and will be as follows; €3,000 in 2024; €4,000 in 2025; and €5,000 in 2026 and 2027. The tenancy must be registered to the PRTB, or the property let to a Local Authority. The value of the relief will be €600 to €1,000. The relief will be clawed back if the property does not remain in the rental market for the 4 years.
  • The Help to Buy (HTB) scheme is being extended to the end of 2025. Amendments are being made to the scheme to enable contributions through the Local Authority Affordable Purchase scheme to be considered when calculating the 70% loan-to-value requirement.
  • A temporary one-year Mortgage Interest Tax relief of up to €1,250 is being introduced for homeowners on variable or tracker mortgages with outstanding mortgage of between €80,000 and €500,000 on the 31 December 2022 and fully LPT compliant. Relief will be at the standard rate on the interest rate increases between 2022 and 2023. The relief will be claimed on filing a tax return for 2023.
  • The rate of the Vacant Homes Tax is being increased with effect from 1 November 2023 to 5 times the property’s existing LPT liability.
 VAT
  • The registration thresholds are being slightly increased to €40,000 for the supply of services and €80,000 for the supply of goods from 1 January 2024.
  • From 1 January 2024 the rate of VAT on audiobooks and eBooks will be reduced to 0%.
  • The 9% VAT rate for Gas and Electricity supplies is being extended to 31 October 2024.
  • The supply and installation of solar panels in schools is being reduced to 0% from 1 January 2024.
  • The Farming VAT flat rate is being reduced to 4.8% from 1 January 2024.
 Other Measures
  • The fund for the Charites VAT Compensation Scheme is being increased from €5m to €10m.
  • The aggregate value of items donated in a year under the Heritage Donation scheme to be increased from €6m to €8m.
  • The tapering relief applied to benefit in kind on battery electric vehicles is being enhanced so that the current Original Market Value deduction of €35,000 remains until 2025 followed by €20,000 in 2026 and €10,000 in 2027. The universal relief of €10,000 to the OMV is being extended for a further year to end 2024.

Read our tax team’s analysis of Budget 2024.

Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme

Update 20 October 2022:

Under the Finance Bill 2022 published today, the TBESS will be extended to include Case 2 trades, i.e. professional firms such as doctors, accountants, solicitors and dentists and new businesses will also be eligible for the scheme. The Government has also decided that where a business operates from more than one location, the cap will be increased from €10,000 to a maximum of €30,000 a month.

 

27 September 2022:

As part of Budget 2023, Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohoe, announced the introduction of a Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme to assist businesses with their energy cost over the winter months.

This new scheme will be open to businesses carrying on Case I trades, are tax compliant and have experienced a significant increase in their natural gas and electricity costs.

The scheme will be administered by the Revenue Commissioners and will operate on a self-assessment basis. Businesses will be required to register for the scheme and to make claims within the required time limits.

The scheme will operate by comparing the average unit price for the relevant bill period in 2022 with the average unit price in the corresponding reference period in 2021. If the increase in average unit price is more than 50% then the threshold would be passed and the business will be eligible for support under the scheme.

Once eligibility criteria are met, the support will be calculated on the basis of 40% of the amount of the increase in the bill amount.

A monthly cap of €10,000 per trade will apply, as well as an overall cap on the total amount which a business can claim.

The scheme’s payments will be backdated to September and run until at least February.

If you require any assistance with the new Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme, please contact Carol Hartnett, Manager in our Accounting & Financial Advisory Department.

Read our Budget 2023 Highlights and Budget 2023 Analysis.

Budget 2023

Delivering an €11bn Budget package, Minister Donohue described Budget 2023 as a ‘’Cost of Living Budget’’.  With individuals, families and businesses struggling with both the effects of inflation and the effects of the current energy crisis, this Budget contained immediate one-off supports aimed to respond to the acute needs of all. With even stronger than expected tax receipts in 2022, the Minister had plenty of firepower to deliver a comprehensive set of financial supports and set the scene for significant future investments in public services such as housing, health, education and transport.

Income tax changes were mainly limited to a threshold increase to €40,000, above which the higher 40% rate of tax would apply. There were also small increases to the main income tax credits.

What was significant though was the Minister’s reference to the recent work of Tax Strategy Group and to it assisting Government as a roadmap for personal tax reform over the next number of years to include the possible introduction of a 3rd rate of Income tax and changes to the operation of USC and PRSI.

The Minister took the opportunity re-affirm Ireland’s commitment to the OECD-led reform of Corporate Tax and to acknowledge Corporate Ireland’s significant contribution to the Country’s national tax purse. As expected, the Minister announced a National Reserve Fund which is to be immediately funded with €2bn from “excess” Corporate Tax receipts, with a further €4bn committed for 2023.

The extension of the Knowledge Development Box (KDB) and improvements to the R&D Tax Credit regimes are also welcome as Ireland aims to stay competitive in the FDI space.

For the SME sector, a.k.a. ‘’the backbone of our domestic economy’’, the main offer of financial support came in the form of a Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme which will see businesses who have experienced a 50% increase in energy costs from 2021, reclaim 40% of the increase.

Welcome too were the extensions to the KEEP and SARP incentive schemes although many had been requesting far wider changes to the schemes to what has been decided.

Whilst it is likely that the one-off support measures will grab the media headlines, it is the discussion and outcome of a changing future tax base to fund public services that will have a more profound longer-term impact on our society.

View the Budget 2023 highlights here.

Budget 2023

Minister Pascal Donoghue delivered his final Budget today, 27 September 2022. With inflation currently running at 8.5% and projected to be 7.5% in 2023, the so-called Cost of Living Budget was heavily focused on addressing rising energy costs. Below we outline the highlights of Budget 2023.

Enterprise/SMEs/Agri-sector
  • Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme to assist businesses with their energy costs over the winter months. Open to businesses carrying on Case I trade, are tax compliant and have experienced significant increase in gas and electricity costs. Read more about the scheme.
  • Extension of the KEEP scheme to end of 2025 with increasing the company limit to €6m.
  • Special Assignee Relief Programme (SARP) extended to 2025 with minimum income limit up to €100,000.
  • Section 481 Film Relief to be extended to 2028.
  • Changes in the Research and Development Tax Credit and Knowledge Development Box (KDB) regime, with a company having the option to call for payment of their eligible R&D tax credit or to request an offset against other liabilities. The existing caps on the amount’s payable is to be removed. The first €25,000 of a claim will be payable in year one. The KDB is being extended a further 4 years to 2027. To comply with changes in international tax, specifically the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), there will be legislation changes for an increase in the effective rate of the KDB to 10%.
  • Foreign Earning Deduction (FED) scheme to extended to end of 2025 and provides relief from income tax on up to €35,000 of income for employees required to travel out of the State to temporarily carry out duties of employment in certain qualifying countries.
  • New 10% levy on concrete products.
  • Accelerated Capital Allowances for the construction of modern slurry storage facilities whereby the cost will be written off over two rather than seven years.
  • The Stamp Duty Reliefs for Young Trained Framers and Farm Consolidation are being extended to end of 2025.
  • The Capital Gains Tax Relief for Farm Restructuring is also being extended to the end of 2025.
  • Two special Stock Relief measures for registered farm partnerships and for young trained farmers being extended until the end of 2024.
Housing
  • Vacant Home Tax charged at a rate equal to three times the property’s existing basic Local Property Tax (LPT) liability. It will apply to residential properties which are occupied by for less than 30 days in a 12-month period.
  • Help to Buy Scheme will be continued until end of 2024 in its current form.
  • A new Renter’s tax credit of €500 will be introduced and backdated to 2022.
  • The relief for landlords for pre-letting expenditure will continue with an increase in qualifying costs up to €10,000 and the period of vacancy reduced to 6 months.
 VAT
  • The 9% VAT rate for the hospitality and tourism sector will cease in February, returning to 13.5% at this point.
  • The 9% VAT rate of electricity and gas will be extended until 28 February 2023.
  • Defibrillators, Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), Nicotine replacement products and period products will become VAT free.
  • VAT on newspapers, including digital editions, will be reduced to 0% from 1st January 2023.
Personal Tax
  • Small change to the second rate-band of Universal Social Charge which will increase from €21,295 to €22,920.
  • Income Tax Standard Band will increase by €3,200 to €40,000, with the married single earner band increasing to €49,000.
  • Personal, PAYE and Earned Tax Credits will increase by €75.
  • Home Carer Tax Credit will increase by €100.
 Other Measures
  • Revenue will conduct a range of targeted projects to include PAYE compliance interventions involving a focus on share schemes and increased debt management.

Read our Head of Tax Services, Eddie Murphy’s analysis of Budget 2023.

Budget 2023

Eddie Murphy, Partner & Head of Tax Services, outlines what to expect in Budget 2023.

Budget 2023 is being delivered on 27th September. This is a few weeks earlier than planned, demonstrating the urgency and seriousness of the cost-of-living crisis we are all facing.

A once-off financial package close to €3 billion is to be made available to help struggling households.

It is also expected that the income tax package in the budget will include increasing standard income tax rate bands to reduce the amount of income being taxed at the 40% rate.

This same budget must also encourage investment and future growth in Irish businesses. This can be achieved by strengthening and improving the Employment Investment Incentive Scheme and Entrepreneur Relief. For indigenous Irish businesses, these are key determinants and drivers of their initial and onward growth.

Budget 2023 is expected to contain short-term measures of financial assistance to individuals and businesses alike. However, the Government must continue to also look at the medium and longer term to ensure it continues to support both FDI and Irish SME businesses in their drive to create and grow sustainable employment in this country.

Stay tuned for our Budget analysis next week.

Budget 2022 was delivered by Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure, Michael McGrath today. Below we highlight the main changes that could affect you.

COVID-19 Support Measures

  • The EWSS will remain in place until 30th April 2022 in a graduated form. The scheme will close to new entrants on the 31st December 2021. Those in the scheme at the end of December may continue to avail of the supports until the end of April. A two-rate structure of €151.50 and €203 per week will apply for the months December, January and February. For the final two months of the scheme a flat rate of €100 will apply however the reduced Employer’s PRSI rate will not apply in these two months.
  • The 9% VAT rate for the hospitality and tourism sector will remain in place to the end of August 2022.
  • The waiver from Commercial Rates for those in the Arts, Hospitality and Tourism sectors will apply for Q4 2021.
  • The tax debt warehousing scheme will be expanded to allow self-assessed income taxpayers with employment income who have a material interest in their employer company to warehouse income tax liabilities relating to their Schedule E income from that employer company.

Climate and Environmental Measures

  • A Carbon tax yearly increase of €7.50 until 2030, equivalent to about 2c per litre for Petrol and 2.5c per litre for Diesel.
  • From the 1st January 2022 a revised 20 band VRT table will come into effect. 1% increase for vehicles between bands 9-12, 2% increase for bands 13-15 and 4% increase for bands 16-20.
  • The €5,000 VRT relief for battery electric vehicles to continue until the end of 2023.
  • Accelerated Capital Allowances scheme for Energy Efficient Equipment extended for gas vehicles and refuelling equipment for 3 years.
  • Accelerated Capital Allowances scheme for Energy Efficient Equipment will not be available where the equipment is directly operated by fossil fuels.
  • An exemption from Tax on the sale of surplus electricity to the National Grid, limit of €200, by households.
  • Commencing in 2023 the BIK exemption for batter electric vehicles will be extended out to 2025 with a tapering effect on the vehicle value. The original market value of the vehicle will be reduced by €35,000 for 2023; €20,000 for 2024; and €10,000 for 2025.

Housing Measures

  • Introduction of a new Zoned Land Tax based on the market value of the land and outset rate of 3% to encourage house building. However, there is a two-year lead-in time for land zoned before January 2022 and a three-year lead-in time for land zoned after January 2022. It will replace the current 7% vacant site levy but unlike the levy there will be no minimum site size.
  • The relief for landlords for pre-letting expenditure will continue for a further 3 years.
  • Help to Buy Scheme will be continued in 2022 in its current form.

Business Measures

  • For the vast majority of companies, the 12.5% trading rate will remain. The increased 15% will apply only to those large multinational companies with turnover greater than €750m.
  • A refundable Digital Gaming Tax Credit for expenditure incurred on the design, production and testing of a game. The relief will be available at a rate of 32% on eligible expenditure of up to a maximum limit of €25m per project.
  • Extension of 3 years to the Employment Investment Incentive Scheme (EIIS) – wider range of investment funds and the 30% expenditure rule will be removed, to make it more attractive and accessible for investors and start-up businesses.
  • The relief from Corporation Tax for start-up companies will be amended such that the relief will be available for up to five years rather than three.
  • Threshold for the higher rate of Employers’ PRSI will increase from €398 to €410.

Personal Tax

  • Income tax standard band increase by €1,500 to €36,800 (single) and €73,600 (married).
  • Increase Personal, Employee and Earned Income Tax Credit by €50 to €1,700.
  • The Dependent Relative Credit will increase from €70 to €245.
  • Tax relief for remote working from home of 30% of vouched expenses for heat, electricity and broadband.
  • Small change to the second rate-band of Universal Social Charge which will increase from €20,687 to €21,295.
  • Amendments are proposed to be announced in the Finance Bill to s.127B TCA’97 which covers the taxation of international air crews to exclude non-resident air crew.

 Anti-Avoidance

  • Introduction of new Interest Limitation Rule will see a limit on deductible interest expenses of 30% of EBITDA for companies within scope of the Anti-Tax Avoidance measures. Disallowed interest may be carried forward and may be deducted in future years if the company has sufficient interest capacity.
  • Finance Bill 2021 will introduce a new anti-reverse-hybrid rules which will bring certain tax transparent entities within scope of Irish tax where the entity is 50% or more owned/controlled by entities resident in a jurisdiction that regard it as tax opaque and, as a result of this hybridity, double non-taxation occurs.

VAT

  • 9% rate to cease at the end of August 2022.
  • Farmers’ Flat Rate Addition is reduced from 5.6% to 5.5%.

 Agri Measures

  • Stock relief to end of 2024.
  • Young Trained Farmer Stamp Duty relief continue to end of 2022 at 1%.

 Other Matters

  • No changes to Capital Gains Tax or Capital Acquisitions Tax.
  • The State Pension (Contributory) will increase from €248.30 to €253.30 per week from 2022.
  • Public Consultation to be launched in coming weeks to inform Commission on Taxation and Welfare.
  • The Finance Bill is due to be published on the 21st October.

For more information, please contact Eddie Murphy, Partner & Head of Tax Services.

Edward Murphy, Partner and Head of Tax Services, gives his analysis of Budget 2021.

When Minister Donohue delivered his Budget 12 months ago, he told us that we had to be safe and cautious due the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. One year on, Brexit uncertainty is ever more present, but we now also have the monumental pressure of a pandemic. Budget 2021 is a €17.75bn package, the largest in the history of the State. Minister Donohue has attempted to strike a balance between the country’s longer-term financial position and supporting those out of work and those businesses who are struggling to stay alive.

We will dip into our emergency rainy day fund this year for €1.5bn as the Government expects to have to borrow almost €20bn in 2021 to deal with the shortfall in tax receipts and the required significant spending on various Covid-19/Brexit supports and on our health system and infrastructure costs. EU financial supports expected in 2021 on both the Covid-19 and Brexit fronts will be welcomed.

The Minister took the opportunity to again re-affirm Ireland’s commitment to its 12.5% Corporate Tax rate and to acknowledge Corporate Ireland’s significant contribution to the Country’s national tax purse.

The large spending amounts announced on housing, infrastructure, defence, health and education would in any other Budget be seen as stand-out, but in Budget 2021 they are in the shadow of the even larger Covid-19 crisis supports that the government is committing to support businesses.  Targeted sector supports to tourism, hospitality, arts/entertainment and other businesses affected by Covid-19 are aimed at preserving existing jobs or keeping some of the businesses in these sectors on life-support. Employment is the key to survival and recovery. Indeed the ‘green’ initiatives of increasing Carbon Tax to help to fund making homes more energy efficient, appear incidental.

The sheer scale of the challenges facing Ireland may have in one sense helped the Government Partners to agree to Budget 2021’s size and approach.  However, this ‘’borrow now, pay later’’ Budget has moved the relatively recent promise of tax decreases to more now the question of who will pay for this in the longer term?

To see how the budget affects you, you can read our Budget 2021 Highlights.

For more information, please contact Eddie Murphy, Partner and Head of Tax Services.

Budget 2021 was delivered by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe today. Below we highlight the main changes that could affect you.

Personal Tax

  • Small change to the second rate-band of Universal Social Charge which will increase from €20,484 to €20,687.
  • Income tax bands and rates remain unchanged.
  • The Dependent Relative Credit will increase from €70 to €245.
  • The Earned Income Credit will increase from €1,500 to €1,650.
  • Help to Buy Scheme July Stimulus measures to be extended to the end of 2021.

VAT

  • Re-introduction of the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality and tourism sector from 1st November 2020 and will remain in place for all of 2021.

Corporation Tax

  • Confirmation of the 12.5% rate of tax, but challenges lie ahead in the area of tax digitalisation.
  • All Intangible assets acquired from 14th October 2020 will be within the scope of balancing charge rules.
  • As part of the EU ATAD, 2021 will see the introduction of interest limitation and anti-reverse-hybrid rules.
  • Technical adjustment to Exit Tax rules in respect of the operation of interest on instalment payments.
  • Knowledge Development Box relief extended until end of 2022.
  • Digital Gaming Tax Credit to encourage growth in this sector is likely to be introduced in 2022.
  • Section 481 Film relief amended to provide for an additional year at its peak rate of 5% until 31 December 2023.

Climate Change Measures

  • A Carbon tax increase of €7.50 per tonne will be applied to auto fuels from midnight tonight and all other fuels from 1st May 2021. This will bring Carbon tax to €33.50 per tonne/CO2 with the goal to achieve €100 per tonne by 2030.
  • VRT – transition from CO2 based system to new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) emissions test system from 1st January 2021. Used imports will have CO2 values adjusted to WLTP equivalent.
  • Motor Tax – rates will remain unchanged for all cars in the engine size regime and all but the most pollutant cars in the post 2008 regime. Third table based on WLTP system from 1st January 2021.
  • VRT Relief for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles and hybrids will expire.
  • NOx surcharge bands to be adjusted so higher NOx emitting vehicles pay more.
  • Accelerated Capital Allowances scheme for Energy Efficient Equipment extended for further 3 years. Categories of equipment to be updated.

Agri Measures

  • Consanguinity relief of 1% Stamp Duty rate on the transfer of Agricultural Land between family members is extended until 31 December 2023.
  • The 1% Stamp Duty rate on farm consolidations is extended until end of 2022.
  • Farmers’ flat VAT rate increase from 5.4% to 5.6% from 1 January 2021.

Capital Gains Tax and Capital Acquisitions Tax

  • Capital Acquisitions Tax and Capital Gains Tax remain at 33%.
  • No change in Capital Acquisitions Tax thresholds.
  • CGT – Entrepreneur Relief ownership test slightly changed so that the shares must be held for a continuous period of any three years prior to disposal. Previously it was 3-year continuous period in the 5 years immediately prior to disposal.

COVID-19 Support Measures

  • Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CWSS)  for businesses significantly impacted (at least 20% reduction on corresponding period in 2019) or temporarily closed and where Level 3 or above restrictions prohibit or restrict access by customers. Cash payment from Revenue Commissioners as an advance credit for trading expenses for the period of restrictions. Payments will be calculated based on 10% of the first €1m of turnover and 5% thereafter, based on the average ex VAT Turnover for 2019. The maximum weekly payment will be €5,000. Scheme will run until 31 March 2021.
  • Self Employed may avail of the Debt Warehousing provisions to defer payment of their 2019 Income Tax balance and preliminary tax for 2020. Payments are deferred for a year without interest applying and at a rate of 3% interest thereafter and will attract no surcharge.
  • EWSS, or similar type scheme, likely to continue beyond March 2021.
  • Commercial rates waived.
  • New European investment fund to be established to invest in domestic, high innovation enterprises.

Other Measures

  • In addition to the change in USC rate band, the weekly threshold for the higher rate of employers’ PRSI is to increase from €394 to €398.
  • Excise duty on Tobacco products to increase by 50 cents.

For more information, please contact Eddie Murphy, Partner and Head of Tax Services. You can view Eddie’s Analysis of Budget 2021 here.

Analysis of Budget 2020

Minister Donohue delivered his “no surprises” Budget 2020 in the shadow of Brexit. Despite our economy being in a strong position and with a general election on the horizon, this was no give-away Budget. Both Minister Donohue and the Taoiseach had managed expectations in advance with talk of “safe choices in relation to taxation” and “modest, targeted welfare increases”.  Prudence seemed to be the order of the day.

There will be no deposit to our rainy day fund this year as the Government expects to have to borrow in 2020 to deal with a potential hard Brexit. A package of over €1.2 billion, excluding EU funding, was announced in the Budget to respond to Brexit.

Climate change was the other main influencer of Budget 2020. Increased carbon tax and other changes to vehicle-related taxes were all designed to support our transition to a low carbon economy. The balancing act for the Government was to ensure that the cost of these changes was distributed fairly. An increase to the weekly fuel allowance and allocations of €3 million to pilot new Agri-environmental schemes and €2.7 billion to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in 2020 were some of the responses to this.

This Budget must have been a difficult one for the Government and partners to agree upon. It makes no moves towards the Taoiseach’s pledge to raise the 40% tax rate threshold to €50,000 and contains minimal social welfare increases. It looks like the possibility of a no-deal Brexit will haunt Irish politicians on the doorsteps long after Halloween and the current proposed Brexit date has passed!

For more information, please contact Eddie Murphy, Partner and Head of Tax Services.