If any Machiavellian spin doctor had bad tidings to announce, this would have been the week to get them out there. The media preoccupation with the possible ramifications of the government’s four-year austerity measures and the likely impending bailout left little room for other business stories in the Sunday broadsheets.
Archive for November, 2010
“Personal private pension contributions may become a thing of the past if the Recovery Plan’s proposals are implemented to restrict tax relief for personal pension contributions for employees and the self-employed,” according to John Heffernan, head of Ernst & Young’s regional tax services.
Preparations for a new four-year state solidarity bond will accelerate after the upcoming budget and is expected to be launched in mid-January, The Sunday Business Post reports.
The flat-rate property tax for 2012 announced in the national plan last week will have to be paid on top of the €200 already liable for those who own a second property, The Sunday Business Post reports.
“Personal indebtedness is at unprecedented levels in Ireland and with lower wages and higher taxes pushing people to the brink, the delay in introducing a modern bankruptcy system is simply storing up trouble further down the road,” writes Gareth Naughton, personal finance editor at The Sunday Tribune.
A plan to scrap a tax break on patent royalties could have a serious impact on innovation and investment in hi-tech companies, according to The Irish Software Association (ISA) and others in the sector.
The National Recovery Plan was published by the Government yesterday, 24 November 2010. We have set out below the taxation highlights of the Plan. More details can be expected in the Budget on 7 December.
Following the publication of the National Recovery Plan, Minister Mary Hanafin’s statement can be seen here. The salient facts as they relate to the arts sector, as set out by Theatre Forum Ireland, are as follows:
Our friends in Acumen & Trust have isssued the folowing note on the pension implications of the National Recovery Plan.
On 24th November 2010, the Government published the National Recovery Plan, which aims to rectify the country’s monetary position. This signals some potentially radical changes to pension funding and benefits.
Chartered Accountants Ireland have issued important clarification of the status of Budget Night resolutions in the event of a General Election prior to the passing of the Finance Bill: