News for March, 2012

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March 29, 2012

Tax Relief for Donations

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, plans to amend the tax relief for donations to approved bodies in next year’s budget, to take effect from 1 January 2013.

March 28, 2012

The Planning Tribunal: Some Questions Answered

The Final Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments which was published last week made certain findings and recommendations relating to conflicts of interest, ethics in public office, political finance, lobbying, bribery, planning, money laundering, asset confiscation, local government, corruption, corporate transparency and powers of tribunals.

March 23, 2012

CASE SUMMARY: Lichters & Anor v Depfa Bank plc

Judgment delivered by Hedigan J on 18/01/12, [2012] IEHC 10 Employment – bonus – breach of contract – discretion of employer – whether restraint of trade – whether unreasonable?
 

March 21, 2012

EU Court States Hotels to Pay Royalties

Phonographic Performance (Ireland) Limited v Ireland, Case C-162/10 The Court of Justice ruled against Ireland in a decision last week concerning the broadcasting of phonograms in hotel bedrooms.

March 16, 2012

Hungary’s Deficit Prompts EU to Freeze Payments

Earlier this week, the European Council adopted a decision to suspend a payment of over €495m to Hungary. The payment was a scheduled commitment from the cohesion fund and was to take place in January 2013.

March 15, 2012

Household Charge

There are only two weeks remaining for homeowners to pay the Household Charge, which was introduced by the Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011. The charge applies to residential property only and it is to be an annual charge.

March 8, 2012

CASE SUMMARY: Douglas v Minister for Social Protection

Judgment of Charleton J on 6/2/2012, [2012] IEHC 27
Application for social welfare – refused – appeal – entitlement to social welfare – habitual residency – discrimination – whether serious or significant error.

 

March 5, 2012

One Month in a Minute: February 2012

Sarah Laing summarizes recent developments in UK tax.

March 5, 2012

VAT news and cases roundup: February 2012

Andrew Needham comments on recent VAT developments.

March 5, 2012

Courts and Tribunals: February 2012

Julian Harris summarises selected recent decisions.

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