How PR can help small businesses and startups

PR for Small Businesses

By Fiona Donnellan, Founder, Sustainable PR, 27th August 2019 PR or public relations can be daunting for new businesses and startups, but it should go hand in hand with any business marketing plan. PR will enhance a brand’s reputation with consumers by generating positive publicity. This publicity might be a business profile in one of the […]

Who can access Beneficial Ownership information filed with the Central Register?

Access to RBO information

Philip Hayden, 20th August 2019 With the introduction of the Central Register of Beneficial Ownership (RBO) in July 2019, many companies are unclear as to what this means for their beneficial ownership information. This article will clear up some of the questions around the way this data is processed, treated and who has access to […]

How to file details of Beneficial Owners in the absence of a PPS Number – Introducing the Form BEN2

RBO Online Portal Using a Form BEN2 or PPS Number

Andrew Lambe, 13th August 2019 (Updated 24th September 2019) The Central Register of Beneficial Ownership in Ireland (RBO) online portal has finally been established and is now accepting filings. All Irish companies must file before 22nd November 2019 to avoid penalties. To ensure the register is accurate, a PPS number needs to be provided to verify the owner’s […]

Offshore Company Formation: setting up a company in the Isle of Man

Offshore Company Formation in Isle of Man

Caitlyn Buchanan, 25th July 2019 Taxes are a major burden for small businesses and many entrepreneurs seek ways to reduce taxes and decrease overhead expenses incurred by their businesses. An offshore company formation is a legitimate, legal option to reduce a company’s taxes; the term ‘offshore’ simply means outside of one’s jurisdiction. Therefore, an offshore […]

Revenue announces new two-tier VAT registration system

VAT Registration number

Marie Brennan ACCA, 24th July 2019 The Revenue Commissioners have provided updated guidelines to the VAT registration process which took effect on the 15th June 2019. The process has been updated to include two status options; applicants must now select either “domestic only” status or “intra-EU” status when applying for a VAT Registration Number for […]

UK Companies House announces largest register reform since it was established in 1844

Companies House Overhaul

By Caitlyn Buchanan, 22 July 2019 The United Kingdom’s registrar of companies, Companies House is planning reforms that will result in the biggest overhaul of its official corporate register in 175 years. The plans were announced following recent criticism that criminals around the world are laundering unlawful gains through shell companies registered in the UK. […]

Change on the way for Limited Partnerships (LPs) in Ireland

By Andrew Lambe, 22 June 2019 Following the imminent introduction of the Central Register of Beneficial Ownership (RBO) in Ireland, there is pressure from some quarters to make Limited Partnerships (LPs) and Investment Limited Partnerships (ILPs) more transparent in terms of who is behind them. LPs and ILPs will be exempt from the RBO in […]

What is a Politically Exposed Person (PEP)?

How to identify a PEP

By Caitlyn Buchanan, 29 May 2019 A Politically Exposed Person is a term used to describe someone who has been entrusted with a prominent public function. Commonly referred to as PEPs, these people generally present a higher risk because of their higher potential to become involved in bribery or corruption due to their positions of […]

Tax Efficient Employee Share Option Schemes

Employee Share Option Schemes

By Caitlyn Buchanan, 22 May 2019 Employee share option schemes can be utilised by Irish businesses as part of their employee benefits package. When employees exercise an option on shares in a company they are normally subjected to income tax, PRSI or USC at the date of exercise. While some share incentive schemes are described […]

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