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Inheritance tax: most of us are shockingly ignorant about how Ireland’s regime works. Photograph: María Fernández/Moment/Getty

It’s something that frustrates, enrages and outrages in equal measure: inheritance taxes on the family home. For many people, having paid down a mortg(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe announcing last year’s budget. For this year’s budget he’s unlikely to  unveil any radical changes.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish households are likely to benefit to the tune of less than €300 in tax cuts in this October’s budget. That’s right, families across the country a(...)

Christine Lagarde said the “more adverse international market conditions” had not been “fully anticipated” when the IMF and Argentina reached the deal in June. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Argentina’s central bank on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate to 60 per cent from 45 per cent in a bid to control inflation running at more (...)

A protester throws a container during clashes with police  in Paris on Thursday. Photograph:  Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP/Getty Images

A far-left union bid to turn a protest on Thursday over a shakeup of the state railways into a bigger show of resistance to President Emmanuel Macron(...)

Capital losses as a rule are offset against any capital gains arising in the same year. If that is not sufficient to offset them fully, they are set against any gains in future years

I am contemplating writing a will. I make tax returns yearly, and I am carrying forward capital losses from the sale of a house. I own some shares in (...)

Striking rail workers protest in Paris on Tuesday over French president Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform the state-run rail company, SNCF. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

French rail workers launched a series of nationwide strikes on Tuesday, threatening months of transport disruption in the sternest challenge yet to Pr(...)

People demonstrate to protest against French government’s string of reforms, on Thursday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people marched in protest at President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms in cities across France on Thursday. Some schools remained close(...)

As the sale of a principal private residence is not liable for tax under capital gains, the corollary is that you cannot use it to accumulate a loss that could be set against other gains.

If I sell my principal private residence this year (bought 12 years ago) and I make a loss (circa €30,000), am I entitled to offset this loss against (...)

We have been gifted a garden site valued under €310,000 and under one acre by my fiancée’s parents to build a house for us. Photograph: iStock

My fiancee and I live in the United Kingdom. We have been gifted a garden site valued under €310,000, and under one acre by my fiancee’s parents to bu(...)

Value for money? Since 2009, bitcoin has soared from just about $3 to a high of some $19,800 in mid-December. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Despite plummeting cryptocurrency values, the craze for all things bitcoin, it seems, shows no signs of disappearing any time soon. “It’s like a cle(...)

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