CRO Annual Returns Prosecutions

The CRO have recently begun prosecuting companies for being late or failing to file their Annual Returns with them as they are legally required to do. The summons is issued against the company and not the directors. The offence is a category 3 offence and fines have already been levied by the District Court at between €1,300 and €5,000 the maximum amount. These prosecutions have been selected by the CRO based on the poor filing record of these companies to date and the amount of late filing fees that they have paid. The CRO have advised […]

Budget 2017

BUSINESS TAX CORPORATION TAX RATE The Minister reiterated in his Budget speech that the 12.5% Corporation Tax rate will remain in place indefinitely. CAPITAL ALLOWANCES The deduction for capital allowances for intangible assets, and any related interest expense, will be limited to 80% of the relevant income arising from the intangible asset in an accounting period. The scheme of accelerated capital allowances for energy efficient equipment is being extended to 31 December 2020. VAT The 9% VAT rate on tourism and services sector is retained. An increase in the VAT rate on sunbed services from 13.5% […]

Protect Your IP, Brand, Trade Name and Online Presence

Protect your Online IP

IE Domain Registry have proposed a policy change which will make dot ie domains easier and faster to register. From January 2018, a business won’t need to provide a valid claim to register a .ie domain name. This means that anyone with a connection to Ireland can register any dot ie domain name they want. This is a big change to how dot ie registrations work. The Registry currently check every dot ie domain registration to ensure that the applicant has a valid claim to the domain name and a connection to the island of Ireland. […]

European Economic Interest Groupings (EEIG)

An EEIG is a mechanism through which businesses within the EU can engage in cross-border commerce. The creation of the EEIG is an effort to develop economic activity throughout the EU and to create a single market offering conditions similar to those of a national market. It is designed to minimise the legal and fiscal difficulties that natural persons, companies, firms and other bodies face in cooperating across borders. EEIG’s are regulated under SI No. 191 of 1989 – European Communities (European Economic Interest Groupings) Regulations 1989, and SI No. 447 of 2010 European Communities (European […]

What Qualifiction does a Company Secretary Need?

Company Secretary Qualifications

The secretary of a private company is not required to have any formal qualifications. However, the directors must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the secretary has the skills necessary to discharge his/her statutory and other legal duties and such other duties as may be delegated to the secretary by the directors. Directors of a public limited company must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the secretary is a person who appears to them to have the requisite knowledge and experience to carry out the functions of secretary and who: for at least three […]

The 5 Biggest Accounting Mistakes Made by SME’s

5 SME mistakes

The following article (slightly edited by me) was recently published in the US by CPA Practice Advisor and is as relevant here as in Trumpland: “Small business owners face numerous everyday challenges, and they usually conquer them with their entrepreneurial strength. Unfortunately, keeping the books on their growing business is not a skill someone can simply persevere through and get it right. And the potential consequences of messing up on the accounting functions can have serious consequences when it comes to the success or failure of a business. The founders of the cloud accounting system Freshbooks […]

Mandatory Electroinc Filing with the Companies Registration Office

From 1 June 2017, it will be mandatory to file with the Companies Registration Office (CRO) the following forms electronically: B1- Annual Return (including financial statements and electronic payment) B2- Change of registered office B10- Change of Director and/or Secretary or in their particulars B73- Nomination of a new annual return date The signature page for the Form B1 must be printed, signed by the officers of the company and delivered to the CRO. Paper forms and paper financial statements filed after 1 June 2017 will be returned and if this results in the Annual Return […]

Limited Company Letterheads

The following particulars must be shown on all business letters of a limited company: The full company name The forename and surnames of the directors and their nationality if not Irish The legal form of the company Place of registration and registered number e.g. registered in Dublin, Ireland In the cast of a company exempt from the obligation to use the company type (Companies Limited by Guarantee/Designated Activity Companies) as part of its name, the fact that it is such a company In the case of a company being wound up, the fact that it is […]

Sick Leave

The Government in 2014 approved amendments to Sections 19, 20 and 23 of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 to bring the Act into line with rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union in relation to the accrual of annual leave entitlement during sick leave. The amendments to the 1997 Act have now been made by section 86(1) of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 which was enacted on 20 May 2015.   These provisions of the Workplace Relations Act have commenced as of August 1, 2015. The amendments to the 1997 Act […]

Is Pricing Low A Good Idea?

Especially when starting up a business the perceived wisdom can be that you should price low. If you price low you can win more customers. More customers mean more sales and that’s the key to success……or is it? The tendency is to think I’m new, I’m small, I can do it cheaper. But in fact there are four problems with this thinking. One of the most common mistakes made by business owners is to underestimate their costs. Small businesses generally don’t have the right attributes to be able to get significant cost reductions in comparison with […]

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