The PwC study found that a typical Irish company spends two weeks dealing with its tax affairs and makes a tax payment almost every six weeks, compared with a global average of more than seven weeks dealing with tax affairs and a payment every two weeks.

Ireland is the most efficient country in the EU for paying business taxes and the sixth most efficient in the world, according to a report by Price(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s Budget has been warmly welcomed by business leaders, according to a new survey. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Business leaders have given a big thumbs-up to Budget 2015, according to a new survey which shows major support for the new measures introduced by (...)

Feargal O’Rourke, head of tax services at PwC

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Covidien’s strengths in surgical equipment , vascular and ventilators will complement Medtronic’s existing product range. Photograph: Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg

It’s the largest deal in medical devices in almost 30 years. More importantly, Medtronic’s $42.9 billion proposed acquisition of rival Covidien makes (...)

Since the US senate committee hearing, Apple has said publicly that in fact, it never got a special Irish tax deal after all. If that is the case, you would expect it to seek to correct the record of the US committee meetings.

The European Commission has formally announced its investigation into the tax affairs in Ireland of Apple, but the fuse was first lit in May 2013.Then(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. The Government has been swift to assert its intention to contest any suggestion of improper State aid to Apple. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

That the European Commission has finally decided to act on what it sees as aggressive and anti-competitive tax policy is scarcely a surprise. It has b(...)

Brian Keegan, director of taxation with Chartered Accoutants Ireland,  told a Joint Oireactas Sub-Committe on the Global Taxation that Ireland’s tax regime “has become something of a target in the discussion of global tax policy.

The exchequer could suffer if Ireland makes unilateral changes to its tax system in response to international pressures, an accountant representing t(...)

Ireland’s nominal corporate tax rate is 12.5 per cent, but some multinational companies located here – notably Apple and Google – have managed to redu(...)

European Union member states should adopt a common position on corporation tax in the current debate on changing global tax rules, according to a high(...)

Feargal O’Rourke, chairman of the tax policy committee of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, and head of tax with PwC Ireland. “I believe the balance of advantages lies in Ireland dealing with [the issue] on a proactive basis.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s corporate tax regime will have to change and it will not be possible to sustain current corporate residency rules, a senior figure in the Ir(...)