Collared: Corporate Crime in Ireland Update

Collared: Corporate Crime in Ireland Update

Corporate and Commercial Law

The Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill 2017 was published late last year by the Minister for Justice and Equality as part of the Government’s White Collar Crime package and is expected to be enacted in late 2018 with the intention of modernising the existing anti-bribery and corruption framework.

The purpose of the legislation may be viewed as twofold. The first is to consolidate the numerous existing Statutes such as the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889, the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act 2010. The second is to implement the findings of the Mahon Tribunal which published its final report in 2012 in relation to certain planning matters and payments.

10 Steps to Buying a House

Residential Property

10 Steps to Buying a House

McKeever Solicitors co-hosted a Mortgage Information seminar with Bank of Ireland at our offices in 5 Harbourmaster Place on the 24th November 2017. Following a presentation by Bank of Ireland mortgage team, our guests had the opportunity to discuss the conveyancing process with our property team. The following is a number of guidelines for first time buyers on purchasing a property.

Taxation of Spouses Contributory Old Age Pension

General Litigation

Taxation of Spouses Contributory Old Age Pension

The Tax Appeal Commission published a decision on 4th September 2017 that Section 14 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2007, mandating the increased pension to be paid directly to the spouse had the effect of bestowing the beneficial entitlement of the pension to the spouse.

10 Steps to Buying a House

10 Steps to Buying a House

Residential Property

McKeever Solicitors co-hosted a Mortgage Information seminar with Bank of Ireland at our offices in 5 Harbourmaster Place on the 24th November 2017. Following a presentation by Bank of Ireland mortgage team, our guests had the opportunity to discuss the conveyancing process with our property team. The following is a number of guidelines for first time buyers on purchasing a property.

Taxation of Spouses Contributory Old Age Pension

Taxation of Spouses Contributory Old Age Pension

General Litigation

The Tax Appeal Commission published a decision on 4th September 2017 that Section 14 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2007, mandating the increased pension to be paid directly to the spouse had the effect of bestowing the beneficial entitlement of the pension to the spouse.

Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD 2) in Short

Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD 2) in Short

Banking and Corporate Lending

Public consultation of the implementation of Payment Services Directive 2 is imminent. The new regulatory framework it provides will the Commission argue reduce costs, improve the security of payments and facilitate the emergence of new players and innovative new mobile and internet payment methods.

Published in Financier Worldwide – December 2016

European Account Preservation Order

European Account Preservation Order

EU Regulation 655/2014 has been adopted by Ireland and creates a Mareva Injunction type relief across member states. In effect, it will make it more difficult for Debtor’s to put assets beyond reach of lawful Creditors.

Charities - Collaborate or Merge?

Charities - Collaborate or Merge?

Charities

Merger or other forms of collaborative working can make better use of charitable funds and property and provide better services for beneficiaries. For example if two charities in the same area are doing similar work and competing for funding, a merger may be the best way to secure funding and provide a united voice.

Introduction

Post a UK actual EU exit, Ireland will be the only Member State whose primary language is English.

Additionally, companies that incorporate in Ireland and satisfy the relevant legal requirements for the sector in which they operate, will be entitled to passport into all other EU member states whether on a cross border/freedom to provide services basis or by the establishment of a branch in an other member state.

Passporting for example in the case of a Bank would mean the right to carry on financial services activities in another EEA state either by providing cross border services or setting up a branch and providing them from that branch in the other EEA state.

Establishing a Base in Ireland

The allure of Ireland as a place for investment include our longstanding, stable EU membership, a low corporation tax of 12.5%, a very well educated workforce, a common law system based on the English model, superb air and sea links to Britain, a land border with Northern Ireland and, last but not least, Ireland is the only remaining country in the Eurozone with English as its primary language.

Corporation Tax in Ireland

Great uncertainty remains on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, and also on the UK rate of corporation tax (will it continue to come down or not) making it more difficult for EEA or non EEA business to decide whether to invest or not. Indeed, our corporate tax infrastructure is one of the core fiscal incentives attracting businesses to establish operations in Ireland.

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Effective Ways of Reducing Inheritance Tax

Effective Ways of Reducing Inheritance Tax

Wills, Probate and Estate Planning

Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) is payable on a gift or inheritance received by a beneficiary from a “donor”. There are several ways donors can be efficient and help to reduce CAT payable by their beneficiaries.

Change to Dwellinghouse Relief Exemption

Change to Dwellinghouse Relief Exemption

Wills, Probate and Estate Planning

As of the 1st January 2017 major changes for gift and inheritance tax relief on dwelling houses were introduced.

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney and do I need one?

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney and do I need one?

Wills, Probate and Estate Planning

An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is a document that allows you to plan for the management of your future in the event that you become mentally incapacitated e.g. by way of stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s etc. An EPA enables you to choose a person that you trust to manage your personal and financial affairs.