Kim Doyle, Tax Director with Grant Thornton is joined by Sasha Kerins, Tax Partner with Grant Thornton. Kim discusses the latest in tax, including the Covid-19 support schemes. Sasha shares her insight into the changes to business practices and operating process in today’s world which has brought about new ways of working and living and also new tax considerations.
Stage two of the reconciliation process for the TWSS began last month with the issuing of reconciliation statements by Revenue to employers. This is the final phase of the TWSS programme. Employers have until the 30 June 2021 to take certain action.
The EWSS remains to be a significant support to employers; a quarter of all employers made a claim in January. According to the Minister for Finance, the main three sectors benefitting from the scheme are Wholesale and Retail Trade, Accommodation/Food Services and Construction.
As part of his comments on the EWSS, the Minister said that consideration is being given to the fact that continued support could be necessary out to the end of 2021. We have no decision from the Government yet on the future of the scheme beyond June 2021.
The application of the late filing surcharge for CT1 returns due by 23 March 2020 up to 23 June 2021 and iXBRL financial statements also due within this period, was suspended by Revenue. This suspension is due to end on 30 June. From 1 July 2021 Form CT1s and iXBRL financial statements outstanding will incur a late filing surcharge. There may also be a restriction on loss relief due to the late filing of the return.
Financial institutions in Ireland are now charging negative interest rate on certain deposit and savings accounts. This has led to a renewed focus on the tax treatment of negative interest rates for both corporate and personal taxpayers. There are also questions on the correct tax treatment for the financial institutions themselves particularly when we consider their Capital Adequacy Requirements. In addition to the tax treatment there are also transfer pricing considerations.
Covid-19 has had a big impact on the way and how we work. Where possible employees are working from home. The Government’s Rural Future Strategy launched last month includes plans for a network of remote working hubs and new tax reliefs for employees and employers which support homeworking.
Currently, e-Working tax relief is available to employees working from home who may have incurred increased home expenses such as electricity, heat and broadband.