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Fantasy Budget 2019

  “The Fantasy Budget Competition was a great way for me to really understand the practical effects of the measures the Budget brings in and the changes in taxation policy that come with it. The research you do really stands to you and helps when starting a new career in a tax department - I would definitely recommend the competition to every student studying tax, there are excellent prizes and it all helps for your exams.” - Richie O'Carroll, Tax Consultant, KPMG.

Do you have an opinion on tax and its role in the economy? If so, this competition is a great opportunity to show your tax knowledge by analysing certain Budget measures and coming up with one measure that you would have introduced if you were the Minister for Finance! Great prizes available for the winning teams!

Your submissions will be judged by some of Ireland's leading business commentators and economists.

 The Fantasy Budget competition could be the start of your career in tax journey!

The Fantasy Budget 2020 competition will be launched in Autumn.

If you enjoy taking part, then maybe you have a future as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)!

Why not read some profiles of Chartered Tax Advisers (CTA) and see exactly what is involved.

Niall Hanton, a tax trainee with Grant Thornton comments:

‘’The Fantasy Budget competition is a great way to get students thinking about tax on real life practical level and away from a purely exam focused mind-set. The competition sparked an interest to begin my career in tax as it brought to my attention the important role tax plays in Ireland’s economy. Tax issues are at the heart of all commercial activities and working in tax will provide me with a diverse set of skills & experience.’’

Fantasy Budget 2019 Winners

We had a lot of really great submissions for our 2019 competition, but the final three winners were UCD, DCU and Limerick IT.

First Place, UCD - under the guidance of their lecturers Charles Garavan and Ciara Deane



L-R: Charlie Gleeson, Ben Duffy, Katie Griffin, Ian Kinsley, Marie Bradley (President of the Irish Tax Institute), Charles Garavan and Ciara Deane (lecturers). You can read their submission here.


Second Place, DCU- under the guidance of lecturer Pauline Willis

  

L-R: Pauline Willis (lecturer), John McCauley, Kehinde Obadare, Luke O'Shaughnessy and Ruairi O'Sullivan with Marie Bradley, President of the Irish Tax Institute. You can read their submission here.


Third Place, Limerick IT - under the guidance of lecturer Morna Canty



L-R: Danielle Markham, Morna Canty (lecturer), Chloe Wallace, Aoife Nolan and Nicola Glazer with Marie Bradley, President of the Irish Tax Institute. You can read their submission here.