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Fantasy Budget Competition

More than just a competition

Applications are now open for the 2021 competition. 


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 2020 Winners

We had a lot of really great submissions for our 2020 competition, but the final three winners were Trinity, UCC and UCD.

First Place, Trinity - under the guidance of their lecturers James McMahon

L-R: Claire Nolan, James McMahon (Lecturer), Leah Carroll, Frank Mitchell (President of the Irish Tax Institute) and Laura Hydes. You can read their submission below.

Second Place, UCC - under the guidance of their lecturer Frank Collins

L-R: Niamh Clifford, Peter Cleary (Lecturer), Jeremiah Clancy, Frank Mitchell (President of the Irish Tax Institute) and Avril Bergin. You can read their submission below.

Third Place, UCD - under the guidance of their lecturer Charles Garavan

L-R: Rory Clarke, Eoin Leeson, Frank Mitchell (President of the Irish Tax Institute) and Charles Garavan (Lecturer). 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”