State-aid inquiries: outgoing EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia at a news conference at the EU Commission on the corporate taxation of Amazon in Luxembourg. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Within 30 minutes of Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announcing the end of the “double Irish” tax loophole in Tuesday’s budget, the European Un(...)

Google said it is deeply committed to Ireland and will work to implement changes as they become law 0:37

As executives pore over the slow death of the “Double Irish” tax shelter favored by US companies, their reaction seems to be: don’t panic. The tax bre(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin at Government Buildings before the Budget announcement today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s plan to abolish the ‘double-Irish’ shows the EU’s decision to push the tax evasion agenda “provides good results,” the EU Commissioner fo(...)

Economic commissioner Olli Rehn: “Many reforms initiated under the programme were of a long-term and structural nature, and it was in fact never expected that the process would stop due to the completion of the programme.” Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Ireland has come under renewed pressure from the EU to maintain the tight budgetary consolidation imposed during its bailout. The warning came as t(...)

Ireland needs to do more to address the issue of aggressive tax planning, the EU Commissioner for Taxation Algirdas Semeta has said.

Ireland needs to do more to address the issue of aggressive tax planning, the EU Commissioner for Taxation has said.Speaking in Brussels this afternoo(...)

US President Barack Obama at the G20 summit in Russia last year. Proposals on the global tax system are due to be presented to a meeting of G20 finance ministers in September. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

After decades of relative stability, the global tax system is in a state of flux at a time when Ireland would least like it to be so.The foreign direc(...)

European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, Algidras Semeta outlines the Commission’s proposals to  tighten key EU corporate tax legislation at the EU commission headquarters in Brussels today. Photograph: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

The European Union today proposed rule changes that would force companies to pay taxes on cross-border hybrid loan payments, so that firms don’t use a(...)

German chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union  Angela Merkel (C) and party fellows await the start of coalition talks in Berlin today. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters.

Germany’s next government will renew a push for a financial transactions tax, chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) (...)

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Medtronics’ Gerry Kilcommins in Galway.  Photograph: Andrew Downes

EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has described the EU’s preliminary investigation into Ireland’s tax regime (...)

EU taxation commissioner Algirdas Semeta has said EU member states should “all work in the same direction” to tackle the issue of tax evasion. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

EU member states should “all work in the same direction” to tackle the issue of tax evasion, EU Commissioner for Taxation Algirdas Semeta has said, fo(...)