With children going back to school in the coming days, it is estimated that parents are set to shell out €1,048 over the course of this year, this is up €80 on last year’s average spend. The biggest expenditure tends to be extracurricular activities, followed by school lunches, books and then uniforms. Research shows parents […]
Changes to the Tax Appeal Process The Finance (Tax Appeals) Act 2015 was signed into law on Christmas day 2015 and has been commenced by ministerial order with effect from 21 March 2016. Key changes A new body known as the Tax Appeals Commission (the TAC) has been established which replaces the existing Office of […]
The term black market refers to any situation where goods or services are exchanged illegally, due either to the goods or services being illegal in themselves or the transaction itself being illegal, or both. It covers a multitude, from the seemingly innocuous buying of knock offs at a market stall to international crime gang activity. […]
Why? Supermarkets are normally noisy, busy places with bright lights, computers, in-store music and escalators. They can be full of customers rushing around with trolleys and staff bringing stock around on big pallets. Shopping can be stressful and tiring for most of us but for some it can be almost unbearable. Many people suffer from […]
Kieran McCarthy, author of Family Business, A Survival Guide, discusses key policies to avoid conflict in family business. Read the full article here.
“While our firm may have our origins dating back a century ago, I believe that our tax planning ideas are very much of today”, Tax Partner Alma O’Brien commenting at the Hughes Blake Annual Tax conference. It was a 100 years ago when Frederick G Blake started his career as Surveyor of Taxes in Dublin […]
The latest poll of UK voters shows that 39% favour staying in the EU and 39% favour leaving, so there is an even split at the moment , with just over 2 months to go to the referendum. Regardless of what happens in the end the uncertainty is already damaging some of our hard achieved […]
Irish higher education is becoming increasingly underfunded and understaffed and unless something is done a crisis is looming. Funding has been falling while student numbers have been rising. Between 2008 and 2014 the staff-student ratio rose by a quarter from 1:16 to 1:20, while funding was reduced by a quarter. Lecturer workload is rising and […]
Research by The Economist suggests that Donald Trump as president would be an economic threat to the entire world given that he is so hostile to free trade and has already alienated China and Mexico, while his extreme views on Muslims and terrorism will not endear him to the Middle East. In fact one senior […]
Kieran McCarthy, Head of Audit at Hughes Blake, has produced an insightful guide to the intricacies of a successful family business published in the Irish Tattler Man magazine. Read the full article here.