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IAASA publishes observations on selected accounting issues for 2014 financial statements

 IAASA, Ireland’s accounting enforcer, has published its annual Observations document highlighting key topics to be considered by those preparing, approving and auditing 2014 financial statements. IAASA’s remit extends only to Irish companies trading on regulated markets. However, .....


FAE Results 2014 – Refresher Session/Training for Firms

The 2014 FAE results are due to be released on Friday, November 21st.   As FAE is presented and adjudicated as a competency referenced examination, these results are presented very differently to more traditional exams.   In previous years a short briefing was held, geared towar.....


Finance Bill 2014

The Finance Bill, which was published last week, includes many measures not previously announced in the Budget.  Anti-avoidance features prominently with a rewrite of Section 811 and Mandatory Disclosure Regime.  Anti-evasion also features, particularly in relation to VAT.  There is .....


Deadline for paper self-assessment returns

The filing deadline for 2013/14 paper self-assessment returns is today Friday 31 October. Paper returns received after today will result in a £100 penalty. Around 11 million people are expected to fill out a return for the 2013/14 tax year. HMRC can issue the £100 late-filing penalty ev.....


Commission study reveals billions lost in VAT gap

A VAT study funded by the Commission reveals that approximately €177 billion was lost in VAT revenues in 2012, mainly due to non-compliance or non-collection. The VAT study was carried out by the Commission as part of its work to reform the EU VAT system and to counter tax evasion and fraud. T.....


EFRAG draft comment letter on Financial Effects of Rate Regulation

The European Financial Reporting Group (EFRAG) has published its draft comment letter in response to the International Accounting Standards Board’s (IASB) Discussion Paper Reporting the Financial Effects of Rate Regulation. EFRAG welcomes the IASB’s comprehensive project on rate-regulat.....


Irish Business Conditions Improve Further Through Autumn

Autumn 2014 KBC Bank Ireland / Chartered Accountants Ireland Business Sentiment Survey Main points Business sentiment climbs to 124.8 from 121.8 in second quarter. Business Sentiment Index at highest levels in eight year survey history. Gains driven by stronger activity of late; 59% of firms report.....


Confirm your reservation now - CASSI Conference 2014

The Chartered Accountants Student Society Ireland are looking forward to welcoming attendees at tomorrow's 2014 CASSI Conference. This year’s conference “Leadership and Entrepreneurship” will give trainees the opportunity to hear from Chartered Accountants who will share their insights and exp.....


Finance Bill 2014

The Finance Bill, which was published on 23 October, includes many measures not previously announced.  Anti-avoidance features prominently with a rewrite of Section 811 and Mandatory Disclosure Regime.  Anti-evasion also features, particularly in relation to VAT.  There is little or .....


New Manual on Personal Insolvency

Revenue has published a manual that explains the three debt resolution processes introduced in the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 and also sets out the steps to be taken by Revenue when dealing with a personal insolvency case.  The three new debt resolution processes for individuals in financial.....


Finance Bill 2014 Timeline

According to Oireachtas officials, the Second Stage of Finance Bill 2014 is scheduled for 4th, 5th and 6th of November with Committee Stage 18th, 19th, 20th of November and followed by Report Stage.  The Bill is expected to be signed into law in December. .....


Local Property Tax

Revenue has published updated guidelines for the Sale or Transfer of Ownership of a Relevant Residential Property. The updated guidelines include the following: Updates to reflect increases in residential property prices since the guidelines were first published. To apply for clearance there must b.....


Deadline for paper self-assessment returns approaching

HMRC have issued a reminder that the filing deadline for 2013/14 paper self-assessment returns is Friday 31 October. Paper returns received after the 31 October deadline will result in a £100 penalty. Around 11 million people are expected to fill out a return for the 2013/14 tax year.  HMRC ca.....


A snowball’s chance

The well-known and long running VAT distinction between what is a cake (zero rated) and what is confectionery (standard rated) has taken another twist with a recent First Tier Tribunal decision concluding that products with the characteristics of ‘snowballs’ have sufficient features of .....


Mind the Gap

HMRC have published Measuring Tax Gaps 2014 Edition providing their latest estimates of the tax gap to 2012-13, together with an issue briefing. These show that, using HMRC’s methodology, the gap in 2012-13 was 6.8% of tax liabilities (£33bn), up from last year’s revised estimate of 6.6% (£34bn).&n.....


Reporting FATCA information to HMRC

HMRC has recently launched a new online service for UK financial institutions to register and report financial information on behalf of their US customers in accordance with UK/US legislation. The UK signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the US in September 2012 which reduces some of the.....


Dublin Hosts the Ninth Forum on Tax Administration (FTA)

Heads of Tax Administrations from 38 countries met last Thursday and Friday in Dublin.  According to their meeting communiqué the Commissioners acknowledged their need to work more closely, share knowledge and co-ordinate their actions to effectively deal with tax administration aspects of the.....


Commission study reveals billions lost in VAT gap

A VAT study funded by the Commission reveals that approximately €177 billion was lost in VAT revenues in 2012, mainly due to non-compliance or non-collection. The VAT study was carried out by the Commission as part of its work to reform the EU VAT system and to counter tax evasion and fraud. The VA.....


Make a difference in your local community - Become a CAVA Volunteer

A sincere thanks to the 40 members who responded to our recent e-mail appeal for new CAVA volunteers. As a result of this fantastic response we should be able to open or re-open at least 4 new CAVA clinics.  However we still need more volunteers for Waterford, Dundalk and Castlebar. Are y.....


CRO Interim Newsletter - 22nd October 2014

The Companies Registration Office (CRO) has just issued an Interim Newsletter which includes advice on filing and checking the status of Annual Returns during the October peak and also a reminder that electronic filing of accounts is now available online. Please click here to access the document.....


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