Category: Michael Noonan

Noonan: Too Early To Anticipate Tax Performance For 2017

Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that despite a dip in tax revenues for the first quarter of 2017, “it remains too early to discern any firm trends.” Noonan made the comment during an appearance before parliament’s Budget Oversight Committee. He said that his Department has increased its GDP… – Continue reading

‘Revenue will look for you – and it will find you’

Taxpayers with offshore assets urged to get affairs in order before May clampdown Taxpayers with offshore assets ranging from foreign properties to deposit accounts or structured investments are being urged to get their affairs in order ahead of a May clampdown by the Revenue Commissioners – even if they believe… – Continue reading

Multinationals still able to use ‘double Irish’ tax arrangement after 2020

Multinational companies will still be able to use the controversial “double Irish” tax arrangement after the final end date of 2020, Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said. A number of tax experts have confirmed this is the case, though they have disputed whether the terms of which they will… – Continue reading

Vulture funds may have to wait until Christmas to learn fate

Department of Finance receives ‘unprecedented’ lobbying from property funds Overseas investors in Irish property may have to wait for a further two months for clarity on how the Government plans to tax structures they have used to snap up billions of euro of real estate after the financial crisis. The… – Continue reading

Irish corporate tax regime attacked in EU debate

Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy has launched a stinging attack on Ireland’s corporate tax regime, arguing that Ireland’s reputation as an “enabler of massive tax avoidance for large corporations” is justified. Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, the Midlands-North West MEP criticised the last government’s move to abolish the… – Continue reading

Ireland delays EU corporate tax deal

Ireland has helped delay an EU deal on corporate tax-dodging over fears it could harm the economy. Finance Minister Michael Noonan told his EU counterparts in Brussels he would not sign up to the deal because it affects Ireland’s sovereign right to set tax rates. “We want to make sure… – Continue reading

A global revolution in corporate tax is taking place but it will not be televised

A quiet revolution is taking place across Europe. It isn’t playing out on the streets of capital cities or in the debating chambers of national parliaments. It has been slowly happening with every newspaper headline about how little corporation tax some companies pay relative to their size. It is also… – Continue reading

Election is the calm in the storm of maintaining a competitive corporate tax regime

When Tim Cook and his two senior Apple colleagues were questioned by a US Senate sub-committee back in May 2013, the headlines generated in the world’s business press were unsettling. Some lawmakers repeatedly characterised Ireland as a tax haven, saying behemoth Apple channelled billions of dollars of global revenues generated… – Continue reading

European Commission plans threaten change to Irish tax system

Ireland’s insistence that it is not a tax haven and that in fact other EU countries have tax regimes that facilitate tax dodging by multinationals will be borne out by a study to be released next week. But while this will be good news to Finance Minister Michael Noonan a… – Continue reading

Ireland – the tax haven

‘We’re not a tax haven, we have never been involved in any kind of tax malpractice’ – Michael Noonan, Irish Minister for Finance 5th October 2015 ‘Nobody is using Ireland as a tax haven’ – Minister for Agriculture, Simon Conveney, The UN’s Philip Aston says, ‘When lists of tax havens… – Continue reading

EC Extends Investigation Into Apple Tax Deal

The European Commission has extended its investigation into a tax ruling provided by the Irish Government to Apple. The Commission has asked the Irish authorities for additional information on the case. Irish media reports that the Government does not anticipate a decision until 2016. In late November, Finance Minister Michael… – Continue reading

Ireland regains its swagger in the tax arena

Something unusual is happening with the Irish corporation tax in 2015 — so unusual that Ireland’s top tax man felt obliged to write to the parliament to explain what is going on. But the explanation left a lot to be desired. According to government data, Ireland received 57.7 percent more… – Continue reading

Finance meeting to be dominated by corporate tax

Ministers due to adopt conclusions on future of EU’s code of conduct on business taxation Corporate tax will top today’s meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels, as ministers discuss the latest state of play regarding the common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) and cross-border tax rulings. In particular, finance… – Continue reading

Noonan explains Ireland’s stance on CCCTB, code of conduct

Michael Noonan, Ireland’s Finance Minister, underlined Ireland’s position on key international tax issues that were scheduled for discussion at a meeting of the EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), reports Tax News. Noonan was addressing the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure, and Reform on December 1, 2015, in… – Continue reading

Ireland Braced For European Commission Ruling On Apple Tax

DUBLIN (Alliance News) – After the European Commission ruling that multinationals received unfair tax benefits in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Ireland is braced for an EC ruling on whether its taxation treatment of technology company Apple constituted state aid. “I don’t know what the outcome will be, but this is… – Continue reading


Irish corporation tax returns are behaving oddly: the Department of Finance estimates that they are running €2 billion (74 percent) ahead of forecast for the year. Economist Seamus Coffey has described these figures as “very strange”. Coincidentally (or perhaps not) the global accounts of the Apple corporation revealed an increase… – Continue reading

EU to rule on Apple tax avoidance by Christmas

Ireland is expecting European Union regulators to issue a decision on the country’s tax deal with Apple before the end of the year. The Irish finance minister said the move could force the iPhone maker to pay substantial back taxes. The European Commission has already ordered Dutch authorities to recover… – Continue reading

Cash-strapped small firms may get slice of the patent box action

Small and medium-sized businesses that don’t have the resources to patent intellectual property may still be able to benefit from the Knowledge Development Box (KDP) under plans being considered by the Government. The Department of Finance is looking at allowing SMEs with patentable assets, but without the resources to get… – Continue reading

Ireland cuts tax for IP profits

Ireland has announced a new 6.25 per cent corporate tax rate for intellectual property research Ireland’s 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate is already one of the lowest in Europe, Economia reports. Now, companies investing in research and development (R&D) will be able to avail of the even lower rate… – Continue reading

Ireland: Finance Bill shows signs of scrutiny of corporate tax regime

The key corporate tax measures in the Finance Bill show clear signs of the international scrutiny now surrounding multinational tax. The main new measure, the knowledge development box offering a lower tax rate on profits earned as a result of research and development, has been strictly drawn up to comply… – Continue reading

Ireland Publishes Updated International Tax Strategy

The Irish Government has published an update on its International Tax Strategy, in which Finance Minister Michael Noonan stresses that the country is “well positioned for the post-base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) world.” According to Noonan, “This is not something that has happened by accident. Difficult but necessary changes… – Continue reading

‘Tax-havens’ routing 60pc of global trade

JAKARTA, Oct 19: As ‘tax-havens’ are now routing some 60 per cent of international trade, multinational corporations (MNCs) have become more aggressive in evading taxes. As the volume of global trade was estimated at $23.5 trillion in 2013, of which $18.5 trillion was trade in goods and the rest was… – Continue reading

Starbucks, Fiat Decisions Seen in First Wave of EU Tax Cases

Starbucks Corp. and a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV unit are set to be first in the firing line as European Union regulators issue a series of rulings over tax breaks for global companies, including Apple Inc. The EU may issue decisions against Starbucks and Fiat as soon as next week… – Continue reading

Joe Tynan: International tax changes on the horizon

As Noonan moves to stimulate domestic growth we need to think about the global debate The Irish economy is now in better shape than at any time since the beginning of the financial crisis. After many years of tough austerity measures, last year’s budget marked a turning point where Minister… – Continue reading