The State has some of the highest childcare costs in Europe. Latest figures indicate a typical dual-earner family with two young children is paying more than one-third of their income on childcare. The average cost across the EU is between a quarter and a half of the Irish average. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Parents should not be given tax relief for childcare on the basis that this would do little to improve quality or assist less well-off families, a hig(...)

 La Repubblica reported yesterday that Apple Italia was listed as a “consultant” for Apple Ireland, thus enabling the US colossus to transfer its Italian earnings to Ireland. Photograph: AFP

Italian media reported yesterday that Apple Italia “transferred” €879 million of profit earned in Italy between 2008 and 2013 to Cork-based Apple Sale(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has indicated that the tax is designed to catch economic activity which is undertaken in Britain but not taxed there now. Photograph:  PA

The so-called Google tax will be law in Britain by Wednesday evening, as the Finance Bill, published on Tuesday, is enacted. It is not much time for l(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Brussels yesterday: ‘If the [European] Commission comes forward with a new set of proposals we will engage with that constructively.’ Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

Ireland remains opposed to the idea of a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB), Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday, though it is prepared t(...)

Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs: ‘Before the summer, we will present a second package of measures on tax competition in the EU single market, including new ideas to revitalise the discussion on a common corporate tax base in Europe, which would cut compliance costs for companies and encourage cross-border investment.’ Photograph: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Even when times are good, people are outraged when powerful, highly profitable corporations slash their tax bills by aggressively exploiting loopholes(...)

Conservative party backbenchers cheer after Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered his Budget statement to the House of Commons, London.

Mr Deputy Speaker,Today, I report on a Britain that is growing, creating jobs and paying its way.We took difficult decisions in the teeth of oppositio(...)

Under the proposal announced on Wednesday, national tax authorities will be required to furnish a detailed description of the tax rulings, including the criteria used to determine advanced pricing arrangement. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

EU member states, including Ireland, will be obliged to share details of its tax deals with multinationals, under wide-ranging new legislation unve(...)

“There are at least three ways in which small countries offer a valuable perspective on what is to come.” Photograph: Getty Images

Some will argue that Ireland’s recent aloof attitude to Greece has been misplaced in that it squanders an opportunity for a stronger, collective push (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called for greater economic ties with the city of Austin and Texas more generally in a speech made at the SXSW Interactive event

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has reasserted his position on Ireland’s corporate tax rate saying: “ It will remain at 12.5 per cent irrespective of any pressu(...)

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TODAY Results: Mincon Group; Urban Outfitters. Meetings: Eurogroup meeting. Indicators: Euro zone Sentix Investor Confidence (Mar); US lab(...)