EMPLOYEES ANNUAL TAX FREE €500 BONUS

Employers can reward employees under the Small Benefits Exemption Scheme with a non-cash bonus of up to €500 per year completely tax free. If guidelines are followed neither the employer nor the employee will pay PAYE, PRSI or USC with a potential saving of over €650. To qualify for the tax exemption, only one tax-free bonus may be paid to each employee in any one year. If more than one bonus is given in a year, it is only the first one that will qualify for tax-free status, even if this bonus is less than the […]

Income Tax refund 2014

As there is a four year limit on claiming Income Tax refunds, 31 December 2018 is the deadline date for filing your 2014 return if you are entitled to a refund. If you file your claim after that date you will not receive any refund. In 2017 Revenue stated that refunds on tax credits totalled €27.6m. The average refund is about €900/€1,100. It is opportune that you check your position for 2014 and subsequent years to ensure you receive your correct tax credits and allowances for items such as medical expenses, nursing home fees, tuition fees […]

Entrepreneur Relief

An individual only may claim relief from CGT in respect of a chargeable gain arising on the disposal of qualifying business assets. There is a lifetime limit of €1 million on the gains made on or after 1 January 2016 that you can claim relief on. If you can claim this relief, you will pay CGT at the rate of 10% on gains from the disposal of business assets. This is reduced from the normal rate of 33%. Up to 31 December 2016, gains from such disposals are charged at 20%. The qualifying business assets must have […]

Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Gerard Moran of the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp has provided the following content. His Entrepreneurial Boot Camp’s sole purpose is to take a hard look at your business plan with a detailed review of your business and the likelihood of the success of the plan. It’s also a chance to address the shortcomings and develop answers to tough questions before it is too late. Entrepreneurial Qualities Vision, creativity, persuasiveness, risk tolerance, motivation, flexibility, and decisiveness are the qualities that set you apart from the average person.  Your business at all times will need to keep a careful […]

Drucker’s Pricing Sins

In his book Managing in a Time of Great Change Peter Drucker writes on the five deadly business sins – avoidable mistakes that will harm the mightiest business. The first and the most common sin is the worship of high margins and of premium pricing as it always creates a market for competitors. And high profit margins do not equal maximum profits. Total profit is profit margin multiplied by turnover. Maximum profit is thus obtained by the profit margin that yields the largest total profit flow and that is usually the profit margin that produces optimum […]

EY Entrepreneurs of the Year 2018 – Teamwork

Congratulations to Peter Coppinger and Dan Mackey who have won this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award due to the success of their technology company Teamwork. Based in Cork they create SAAS business management applications to make teams more “efficient, organised and happy” and currently employ more than 200 people servicing 22,000 customers in nearly every country in the world. This award is a great boost to not only the team at Teamwork but also to Cork’s technology reputation. They include among their many clients Forbes, PayPal, Netflix, Disney, Forbes and Spotify. A goal is to […]

Hard Brexit – UK Customs Procedures

HMRC in the UK recently issued guidance just in case the powers that be fail to reach agreement and the UK crashes out of the EU on 29th March 2019 – a so-called hard Brexit. This may be useful for Irish importers and exporters. Customs procedures with a “no deal” Brexit   Essentially the two-way free movement of goods between the UK and the EU will cease and the raft of changes that firms trading with the EU will need to accommodate are significant. Whilst the political process is deadlocked, or so it would seem, the […]

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers

Introduction The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed for small businesses to purchase academic support and expertise from Ireland’s public knowledge providers. Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider. The Innovation Vouchers initiative is open to all small and medium-sized limited companies registered in Ireland. 81% of applications are successful. The main reasons for non- success are non-eligibility of the applicant insufficient information, ineligible activity and low level of innovation. If unsuccessful you can reapply.   Exclusions Small and medium-sized enterprises in the […]

PAYE Modernisation

PAYE Modernisation

Introduction PAYE modernisation is a real-time reporting (RTR) payroll system which takes effect on January 1, 2019 and will enable Revenue to ensure that employees are receiving their correct tax credits and cut-off points so that the correct deductions are being applied for every employee throughout the year when they are paid as compared to the current PAYE reporting system which is done by the preparation and filing of P35’s on an annual basis. This ensures that Revenue have accurate information for employees at all times and also employees will have full online access in real […]

7 ESSENTIAL BUSINESS STRATEGIES

To succeed in business, you need to decide on what strategies to implement depending on circumstances. Decide on which of the following strategies you are going to implement immediately. Be customer orientated Put your customer first and ensure that your service performance is second to none. Never lower your standards. Touch base regularly with your key customers and listen to their suggestions on how you can improve your service.   Focus on planning Prepare a written formal strategic plan where you document what your current position is and where you personally want to be in 5 […]

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