Tax talk podcast series

Tax Talk – a podcast series

Tax Talk – a podcast series

Welcome to Tax Talk – our podcast series where we explore the current issues in the world of taxation with experts in that area.

You can listen to Tax Talk on all popular podcast apps including Apple, Spotify and Soundcloud.

Episode 1

An Interview with our President, Sandra Clarke

Episode 2

Budget 2021

Shortly before taking up her role as President of the Institute, Sandra Clarke talked to Samantha McCaughren, our host. They discussed her background in tax, her work at the Institute, and the areas she’ll focus on during her presidency. The interview inaugurates Tax Talk, the Institute’s podcast series.

An expert panel takes a reflective look at 2021’s extraordinary and unprecedented Budget. They discuss how our economy is likely to respond and the implications of tax changes for practitioners and their clients. They also cast a critical eye on the budgetary process itself. Joining Samantha McCaughren are Sandra Clarke, President of the Irish Tax Institute; Tom Woods, Head of Tax and Legal at KPMG; and Economist Alan McQuaid.

Episode 3

Global Tax Reform

Episode 4

Taxpayers’ Rights

With the arrival of the Biden administration at the Whitehouse, what are the chances of an agreement by July 2021 on the OECD’s principles for a new international system of corporate tax?

Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD, joins us on the Tax Talk podcast to discuss the future of the Global Tax Reform process and its implications for business and the Irish economy with Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner at PwC, and Tom Reynolds, Vice President of Global Tax at Schneider Electric.

The protection of taxpayers’ rights is central to the purpose of the Institute – the need to ensure an appropriate balance between their rights and obligations has long been a focus of our deliberations. With the public consultation on the European Commission initiative on Taxpayers’ Rights underway, we devoted this episode to a broad discussion of their rights.

Joining Samantha McCaughren is European Commission policy officer, Albert Raedler who is leading the Commission’s initiative; Institute Council member Kieran Twomey who chairs our Working Group on Taxpayers’ Rights; and Nina Olson, director of the Center for Taxpayer Rights.

Episode 5

The Employment Investment Incentive Scheme

Episode 6

Karen Frawley appointed new President of the Irish Tax Institute

Is the Employment Investment Incentive Scheme (EIIS) fit for purpose in an economy that needs to be re-booted and rebalanced? Can it incentivise the much-needed investment required to raise productivity levels and grow our indigenous sector?

As preparations for Budget 2022 get underway and the Department of Finance continues its review of the EIIS, we look at how the scheme can play a more effective part in our economic recovery and provide early-stage and small businesses with the funding they need to grow their business or to restructure and invest in their recovery.

Joining our host, Samantha McCaughren, to discuss these matters are Nick Corcoran, co-founder of Cardinal Capital, Brendan Sheppard, CEO of Smart Factory Solutions; and Laura Lynch, whose practice, Laura Lynch & Associates, provides strategic advice to start ups and SMEs seeking to raise funds through the EIIS and Irish Tax Institute Council member.

Karen Frawley was inaugurated as the Institute’s new President at the AGM on 9 September. Karen is a tax partner in Deloitte and a member of the firm’s international tax group. As she takes up her role as President of the Institute, she spoke to our Tax Talk host, Samantha McCaughren. They reflected on a difficult year for the country and the profession and spoke about the challenges in the year ahead, including global tax reform changes and the challenges and opportunities for the profession from the increased digitalisation of tax

Episode 7

Budget 2022

Episode 8

Excellence in GAA and Tax

The economic outlook set out by the Minister for Finance in his Budget speech suggests a strong recovery is underway. Will Budget 2022 support that recovery and what strategies should the government adopt to meet the increased demand for public services while adjusting our economic model to meet the challenges of the emerging new order in international tax?

To discuss these questions, our Tax Talk host, Samantha McCaughren is joined by Institute President, Karen Frawley; Stephen Gahan of ODG Advisory; and Austin Hughes, Chief Economist at KBC Bank.

A career in tax attracts people from all backgrounds. Some of the country’s most talented and best-know GAA stars are working in tax. How can they balance their lives as elite sports people with studying, training, and working in tax? Is there any crossover of skills between their tax career and football career?

Samantha McCaughren discusses these questions with three Institute members – Meath All-Ireland Senior Football Champion and CTA student, Aoibhín Cleary, former Dublin footballer and CTA, Cian O’Sullivan, and former Kerry footballer and Australian Rules player and Council member, Tommy Walsh.

Episode 9

Commission on Taxation and Welfare Submission

Episode 10

The R&D Tax Credit

We explore some of the broad themes in the Institute’s recent submission to the Commission on Taxation and Welfare and consider the prospects for reform in the prevailing political climate. Our host, Samantha McCaughren is joined by:

  • Brian Brennan, Tax Partner with KPMG and Chair of the Irish Tax Institute’s Commission Working Group
  • Donal de Buitléir, long-time member of the Irish Tax Institute, secretary to the Commission on Tax that sat in the early 1980s, former assistant secretary in Revenue and a prominent figure in public policy and administration.
  • Lucinda Creighton, former Minister of State for European Affairs, public affairs consultant, and columnist.
As the Department of Finance continues its review of the R&D Tax Credit, this episode explores how this critical part of our corporation tax offering could be made more effective in building innovation and productivity in our economy. They also set out how a reformed and optimised R&D tax measure could nurture the development of a world leading green tech sector in Ireland.

Our Tax Talk host, Samantha McCaughren was joined by:

  • Institute Council member, Ian Collins, Tax Partner and Head of Innovation with EY;
  • Elaine Coughlan, Managing Partner and Founder of technology fund, Atlantic Bridge. Elaine is also a board member of Enterprise Ireland and Scale Ireland.

Episode 11

An Interview with our President, Colm Browne

Episode 12

Budget 2023

Shortly before taking up his role as President of the Institute, Colm Browne sat down with Samantha McCaughren, our host. They discussed his background in tax and the areas he’ll focus on during his presidency. Budget 2023 was unprecedented in size and speed of effect and most commentators have welcomed it as an appropriate response to the current acute cost of living crisis. But what will be its longer-term impact on business, our competitiveness, and the direction of economic and social policy?

A week on from Budget Day, Institute President, Colm Browne and economist, Austin Hughes joined our Tax Talk host, Samantha McCaughren to discuss the shape of things to come.

Episode 13

Tax and Politics

Episode 14

An Interview with our President, Tom Reynolds

The 550 page Foundations for the Future Report, published by the Commission on Taxation and Welfare, caused quite a stir with its far-reaching recommendations on inheritance taxes and other capital taxes proving particularly controversial. Now that the dust has settled, we ask what are the prospects for reform of our tax system and is there any way around difficult decision for future governments?

Our host, Samantha McCaughren, is joined by two former Ministers and the Secretary to a previous Commission on Tax:

  • Pat Rabbitte, former Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
  • Lucinda Creighton, former Minister of State for European Affairs.
  • Donal de Buitléir, former Secretary to the Commission on Taxation 1980-85 and a prominent figure in public policy and administration.
In episode 14 of Tax Talk, host Samantha McCaughren talks with Tom Reynolds, the new Irish Tax Institute President. They discuss Tom’s work and various topics of interest in the world of tax.

Tom is Vice-President of Tax, M&A and Business Structuring at Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation. He has previously worked for Kellogg and Kerry Group in senior roles.

Episode 15

Budget 2024

Episode 16

The Tax Debt Warehousing Scheme

In Episode 15 of Tax Talk, host Samantha McCaughren discusses Budget 2024, its likely long-term impact and what it means for businesses in our domestic and multinational sectors with:

  • Irish Tax Institute President Tom Reynolds;
  • economist Austin Hughes; and
  • Sohini De, Founder of Empeal, an award-winning digital health start-up that provides solutions for the prevention and management of chronic conditions.
In Episode 16 of Tax Talk, our new host Donal O’Donovan (Business Editor, Irish Independent) discusses the latest developments in the Tax Debt Warehousing Scheme and the actions to be taken by businesses who have availed of the scheme before 1 May 2024 with:

  • Maureen Marray, Collector General’s Division, Revenue
  • Davena Lyons, Collector General’s Division, Revenue
  • Stephan Gahan, ODG Advisory and Institute Council Member
  • David Broderick, Small Firms Association