Áine Kiely O'Donnell

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Budget picks

Budget 2019 didn’t put much money back into our pockets. Much of the focus of Finance Minister Pascal Donohue last Tuesday was on housing and health – with little left in the pot for anyone else. Many of us will only be better off to the tune of about €5 or €6 a week next […]

By |October 15th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

The key points from Budget 2019

The Finance Minister described it as a “caring” budget that will secure Ireland’s future.

He spent some 75 minutes outlining the budget with spending plans amounting to 66.5 billion euro

Here are some of the key points from Budget 2019:

– Spending on health will increase by a billion euro which brings the total budget for the Department […]

By |October 10th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

Startup Diary: Why it’s crucial that market demand exists for your startup

This week I’m going to write about the most difficult slide in your entire pitch deck. This particular slide outlines the evidence that you have a real business, by showing that a market demand exists.

Even if you have a real business, with real customers, and real traction, it may not be enough, especially for later […]

By |October 5th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

Problem Solver: Do I really need to take a startup course to go out on my own after 15 years?

Q Having worked for 15 years for an employer, I am now starting my own business. I am being encouraged to do a startup course, which I feel is unnecessary after my years in business. What do you think?

A You are being given good advice. Most of these courses are run by your Local Enterprise […]

By |September 28th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

Tax Institute boss hits out at Revenue ‘delays’ and ‘inconsistency’

THE new president of the Irish Tax Institute has lashed out at Revenue, saying businesses have been facing big delays in getting clarifications on important tax questions.

Marie Bradley said some businesses are waiting three to six months for answers on technical questions.

This, she said, leaves “many businesses in the dark about their decisions and the […]

By |September 7th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

Pension model doesn’t have to be perfect, but we must act now

The retirement model for Ireland is changing after various false starts – a change that is long overdue. A sustainable retirement system with feasible dependency ratios requires that workers save more and retire later.

We won’t get a perfect system overnight, so having one that’s “good enough”, at least to start, is an important priority.

The key […]

By |August 23rd, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

Pensioners can unlock cash early, Revenue announces

Thousands of pensioners will get an early opportunity to unlock money in retirement funds they have been unable to access up to now.

Car dealers and travel agents are expected to be the big winners after rules restricting access to a certain type of pension fund were loosened.

The move comes after Revenue agreed that thousands of […]

By |June 8th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

Seven steps you must follow in order to successfully navigate a Revenue audit

The receipt of a Revenue audit notification is a stressful event for most taxpayers. However, with careful preparation the worry and cost can be minimised. These seven steps set out what to consider in preparing for a Revenue audit.

1. Revenue audit letter

The first step is to review, in detail, the notification of an audit issued […]

By |May 17th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

Keeping it in the family: how succession planning can protect the business and future generations

As the old saying goes, there are three certainties in life – change, death and taxes. And let’s face it, we don’t get up every morning looking forward to the middle one. Nor are you likely to see advertisements for funerals with special offers, a summer sale or promotions. A funeral is a distress purchase.

The […]

By |May 16th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments

Can I wait until 65 to decide on pension?

Q I’m 57 and in a defined contribution pension scheme through work. Some of my colleagues are already talking about Approved Retirement Funds (ARFs) and annuities. Do I need to plan my retirement decisions now or wait until I’m 65? Imelda, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

I appreciate retirement is a little bit away but ideally I’d […]

By |April 5th, 2018|Industry News|0 Comments