If you are arriving in Ireland and starting employment here for the first time you must apply for a Personal Public Service (PPS) number with the Department of Social Protection by either:   Completing Form REG 1 (Application for PPS No.) and sending it to us with a copy of your current valid passport / national identity card or your birth certificate together with evidence of your Irish residency and recent work history. We will then forward this documentation to the Social Welfare office for you and arrange your PPS number.   Calling in person to […]

How A Website Can Benefit Even The Smallest Of Businesses

For even the smallest of businesses a website is a great investment. One of the biggest advantages a website can bring to a small company is its ability to attract new customers. Having a good business website properly listed on Google maps along with being linked in with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ can create a real web presence for your business.  However getting visitors to your site is only the first step in getting more customers. To convert visitors to customers your website needs to be appealing, relevant and professional. How a website makes your business […]

Can you claim tax relief on management fees?

Homeowners from the Celtic tiger era know the harsh reality of paying the dreaded management fee each year.  It’s become a bitter pill to swallow, with many feeling that they don’t get much in return – except empty wallets! So is there any respite? Well, there is something – tax relief on bin charges. Tax relief can be claimed on bin charges and tags paid on an annual basis. Now the relief has been abolished since 2011 but all is not lost as claims can be made for prior years as far back as 2008. The […]

The Benefits of a Focused Business Plan

A good business plan will help improve your chances of securing finance through focused, logical and comprehensive provision of information. To prove successful your business plan should include the following considerations: Accurate information  For businesses with well organised and up to date systems, the process of preparing a business plan is made much easier. Concise presentation Organised presentation of key factual information assists a bank to better understand the commercial proposition and potential risks attached to the business. Realistic assumptions Assumptions are the fundamental building blocks of any business plan. For example in the hotel and […]

A few Jokes August Newsletter

Joke 1 An Arthur Anderson partner comes back to his office and says to his manager, “Did you get my mobile message where I said, ‘Ship the Enron documents to the Feds’?” The manager goes white. “Oh My God! I thought you said rip the Enron documents to shreds.” Joke 2 An accountant is having a hard time sleeping and goes to see his doctor. “Doctor, I just can’t get to sleep at night.” “Have you tried counting sheep?” “That’s the problem – I make a mistake and then spend three hours trying to find it.” […]

How To Arrange Meetings With Strangers Too Busy To Meet You

I recently agreed with a client to introduce him to contacts of mine who are extremely busy and highly experienced businessmen. The purpose of the introduction was for my client to meet with them with a view to him getting advice and picking their brains about an exciting project he is currently developing. Luckily I was able to set up the meetings as my contacts were keen to pass on their knowledge and accumulated wisdom. In fact from my experience most people are open to these type of meetings. But is there a better way? Why […]

Could Hannibal Lecter be an Accountant?

Dr Kevin Dutton the Oxford based research psychologist in 2012 authored The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success where he looked at both the positive and negative sides of the personality characteristics that result in people being somewhere on the psychopath spectrum. You are probably now thinking of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs or Michael Myers in Halloween or The Joker in The Dark Knight? Charles Manson, Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer? Or maybe closer to home you are now thinking of some friends or […]

SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area)

Please note that all companies paying employees via bank files must insure that they are SEPA compliant by 1st February 2014. SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) is a European wide initiative in response to the drive for a Single Internal Market. When implemented in 2014, it will mean a common way of processing electronic credit transfers, payments and direct debits. It will be based on international standards. Thirty two European countries have agreed to participate. Under SEPA, borders between the participating states will be removed for payments processed in euro. Payment costs will reduce and there will be […]

Regarding work barbeque season, Employers need to be aware of their responsibilities at Employee Social Events

Case law has shown that the employer may be held liable for an incident that may take place at a work related social event. In order to ensure that an employer has the appropriate protection in place it is important that the following items are in place: A clear and well publicised policy in place with regard to bullying, harassment and sexual harassment Make sure that employees are aware that they may be subject to disciplinary action for inappropriate conduct at any work related social event Managers should be trained in how to deal with unacceptable […]

Can an employee work from home while on certified sick leave?

      On the face of it the answer to this would normally be no.   If an employee is medically certified as sick then they should not be working for health and safety reasons and working from home is no exception.   However, employers can consider having the employee medically assessed to determine as to what extent the sickness or injury affects their ability to work.   If the only reason they cannot work is because they cannot travel to work then working from home may be an option.   However, Employers need to […]

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