Budget 2019 In Brief 9 October 2018

Author:Mr Jonathan Sheehan, Aisling Burke and Eimear Burbridge

Budget 2019, announced on 9 October 2018, is aimed at delivering a balanced budget which will build strength and resilience for the future, with significant investment in housing, Brexit preparation, the health service, education, incentives for SMEs and a Rainy Day Fund to deal with larger economic shocks. Tax measures are limited. Revenue raising measures include the expected increase in the VAT rate on tourism and hospitality activities as well as increases in excise duty on tobacco, betting duty and a diesel surcharge. Tax cuts include modest reductions in Universal Social Charge (USC) and income tax, a small increase in the Group A tax free threshold for Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) as well as certain extensions to existing SME, film, VRT and agricultural reliefs.

Ireland's Corporation Tax Roadmap published last month sets out in detail the next steps to be taken by Ireland in implementing changes required under the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directives (ATAD) and the OECD's Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project (BEPS). The ATAD measures...

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