COOKING CHOCOLATE

On the day that the bank loans transferred to NAMA and administrators were appointed to Quinn Insurance, the Revenue Commissioners issued the following press release:

Following a recent determination by the Appeal Commissioner, the Revenue Commissioners accept that cooking chocolate comes within the meaning of paragraph (xii) of the Second Schedule to the VAT Act, 1972 (as amended) and is therefore liable to VAT at zero per cent.

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NATIONAL PENSIONS FRAMEWORK

The National Pensions Framework was published by the Department of Social and Family Affairs last week. Key recommendations made include:

  • An effective tax relief on personal pension contributions at 33%
  • A mandatory approach to pension scheme membership
  • A cap of €200,000 on the tax free lump sum
  • Increasing the state pension age

VAT Amendments

The top rate of VAT has fallen from 21.5% to 21% from 1 January 2010. While this decrease will not reverse the Northern shopping trend it will bring the VAT rate somewhat in line with that of the UK, which will increase from 15% to 17.5%. Revenue has published a guide to the rate change on www.revenue.ie.

Redundancy Rebates

Where a business is awaiting a redundancy rebate and has difficulty in meeting their tax liabilities, Revenue previously announced that the business can offset the redundancy rebate directly against the outstanding taxes, thereby mitigating against any interest and penalties that may be accruing on the unpaid liabilities.

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