Fantasy Budget Competition

More than just a competition

Are you an undergraduate student? Would you like to analyse Budget 2020 and propose a budget measure? Your submission will be judged by some of Ireland's leading business commentators and economists.

The competition gives you the opportunity to apply the theory that you have learned to a real-life situation. You could also win fantastic prizes!

A team of 3/4 students is required to enter. Submissions should be sent to


The closing date for entries is 15 November 2019.


Further details on the competition and the submission requirements is contained in this brochure.

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

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 below.

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 below.

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 below.

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

Richie O'Carroll, KPMG

“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”

Niall Hanton, Grant Thornton

“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”