SUSI rebate – Tax

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention had been drawn to the taxable nature of the €250 SUSI rebate given in November 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 February]

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Student landlord fails in ‘women’s prison’ appeal

Posted in Legal issues on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Tax Appeals Commission has said it was ‘startling’ to suggest that student accommodation could be likened to the Dochas women’s prison in Dublin. The statement was made in a case where a student accommodation provider failed in an effort to exempt its dwellings from the local property tax …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 21 February]

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Thousands may not be claiming tax relief on qualifying 3rd level fees – McGrath

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“Thousands of parents and students may be missing out on valuable tax relief on qualifying third level fees because they are not claiming it, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath TD. Deputy McGrath was speaking having received figures from the Ministers for Finance and Education and Skills which point to a significant under claiming of this tax relief …” (more)

[Mary Bermingham,, 26 July]

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New rules could spell end of high taxes on electronic school books

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New rules being proposed by the European Commission could see an end to high taxes on electronic school books. At the moment EU rules mean that all electronic publications have VAT (valued added tax) of 23% levied on them at the point of sale …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 1 December]

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Attracting emigrants back

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The twin problems of university fees and offering tax incentives to entice emigrants to return could be solved very easily by introducing university fees that could be allowable against income tax for a period of, say, 20 years …” (more)

[John Murphy, Irish Times, 3 October]

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Taoiseach concedes returning graduate tax ‘unfair’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Enda Kenny said he wanted Budget 2017 to be as fair as possible. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said plans for a special 30% tax rate for returning graduates ‘beggared belief’, given its discriminating nature …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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University of Limerick pays out €110k tax settlement for contract error

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick made a tax settlement in excess of €110,000 to Revenue last year over a mix-up in how it deducted tax from contractors.The university said it discovered an error in its treatment of five contractors following a review undertaken to ensure it had made correct PAYE and PRSI returns …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 11 January]

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Higher Education Authority altered housing recommendations

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) was forced to withdraw a series of recommendations to tackle the student accommodation crisis from a key report following objections from Government departments. The authority, which purports to be independent of the Department of Education and Skills, made a series of tax-related proposals …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 19 October]

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Multinationals ‘exaggerated’ research activity to lower tax bills

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Several multinational firms have been found to be aggressively and improperly claiming tax credits for research and development to lower their corporation tax bills. A Government scheme gives firms up to 25% of their expenditure on R&D in the form of cash or a credit against their corporation tax …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Student accommodation tax breaks should be ‘considered’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An inter-departmental steering group has been set up to examine proposals aimed at tackling the student accommodation crisis, including a possible new tax relief for developers …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Tax breaks won’t solve student housing crisis, says Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tax incentives are not the panacea for solving the student housing crisis, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said ahead of the autumn scramble for college accommodation. The Minister told reporters she was still awaiting the receipt of a report from the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Call for zero-Vat rating for student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tax breaks are needed on the construction of student accommodation to help attract more overseas students, a university president has told the Government. University College Cork president Dr Michael Murphy said the benefits of applying the same zero-Vat already in place for social housing to building student facilities would extend into the wider economy …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

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Government must act to help with cost of third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I am a mother of five children. I work in the public service and my husband is a sub-contractor. I have two children in college and I am writing to make people aware of the financial burden that third-level education is putting on parents …” (more)

[Independent, 27 March]

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Trinity Plans New Legal Entity to Avoid Fee Tax

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin plans to establish a new legal entity to avoid tax on profits generated by its new online education division, The University Times can reveal. A proposal outlining the rationale for the new entity – which will be known as ‘Trinity Dublin Online’ – was approved by the College board on November 5th …” (more)

[Jack Leahy,, 15 November]

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UCD Students’ Union calls for return of landlord tax relief

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2014 by steve

“A tax relief for landlords that was phased out after the collapse of the housing market should be reintroduced to help tackle the student accommodation crisis, UCD Students’ Union has said. The Section 50 scheme, which allowed developers claim tax relief against expenses …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Homeowners can earn tax free income of up to €10,000 if they rent their rooms to students – ACCA

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2014 by steve

“With the demand for student accommodation rising and with a shortage in private rented accommodations suitable for students, the Rent-A-Room relief scheme offers homeowners the possibilities of earning a tax free income …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 19 August]

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Call for tax on high earners to fund third-level courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 1st, 2014 by steve

“Future funding for third-level education should come through increased taxes for high-income households rather than any scheme of means testing for free fees, the Nevin Economic Research Institute (Neri) has recommended …” (more)

[The report is here.]
[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 1 April]

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Gilmore: ‘Taxation isn’t the issue in relation to emigration’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has set himself against Fine Gael claims that our ‘brightest and best’ are emigrating because tax is too high …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 30 September]

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Varadkar blames high taxes for brain drain

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“Our ‘best and brightest’ are paying too much tax and should be given some relief to stop the brain drain, a senior minister has warned. Highly qualified younger workers are going to Canada, the US and Australia because they are getting ‘a better lifestyle, higher pay and lower taxes’ …” (more)

[Independent, 30 September]

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Irish R&D Tax Credit: First audits show high level of abuse

Posted in Research on August 12th, 2013 by steve

“Irish R&D Tax Credit: The first audits by the Revenue of the tax scheme that was introduced in 2004 to promote spending on research and development by foreign-owned and indigenous firms, have found a high level of abuse …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts Ireland, 12 August]

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