Ways to potentially reduce your tax bill

If you are one of the 706,000 individuals who are due a refund, as announced from the Revenue last week about your taxes, you probably went out and bought yourself a nice glass of wine. But if you’re in the other boat with the 633,000 other people who received the bad news, you’re probably hoping for a miracle to wipe away the tax liability that you now owe.

And to everyone who has been affected by the wage subsidies that the pandemic brought about, there are still ways you can look to in order to lessen the bill just a little. And as a reminder, if you have not claimed either of the two below since 2017, you can still be eligible for the past four years.

1: Flat Rate Expenses

This would be a huge win if you’re eligible and you have yet to claim it this year or in the last four years. These expenses were brought about into the market many years ago in order to be able to cover the many expenses that employees will incur …

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Europe economy may be the slowest to recover

It has been projected by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the US and China governments will experience a faster economic recovery time than the other parts of the world. It is predicted that the US and Chinese economies will have fully recovered by 2022 and will have no more than a 1.5% gap from the economic standpoints that would have been projected before the pandemic. Other first-world countries and richer countries will still be short by around 2.5% compared to their pre-pandemic path. While other emerging world economies will be short by around 8%, which is substantially larger than previously anticipated.

The reasons that China and the US are experiencing such short losses during the pandemic is due to the fact that simply they are the largest economies in the world, allowing for a sharp spread in industries and allowing their economies to be highly divergent. China compared to the US, however, is expected to recover even quicker due to the aggressive containment measures taken by the government to limit the spread of the virus. The US, on the …

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Banks in Ireland Expecting to Slow in Recovery

According to a new study done by stockbroking firm Davy, Ireland’s banks can expect to see a slowing in recovery and business activity within the first quarter as the government extends the current lockdown that is Level 5 until foreseeable, March 5th. Even though recently, large banks such as AIB and the Bank of Ireland has reported that in the last quarter of 2020, the lending and other business activities have recovered more than projected from the slump at the start of the quarantine. Still, Davy’s analysts report that they do not expect lenders to book material additional to loan-loss provisions after last year as many of the consumers are looking at these on a case-by-case basis.

The extension of the lockdown and corresponding restrictions are likely to impact the recovery seen in Q3 and Q4 of 20-20, and will likely hit Q1 of 2021, which is seasonally the weakest quarter for new lending in Ireland. House buying will probably require a conservative approach from businesses to limit risk in the new market of loosening restrictions. Individual buyers and businesses …

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Vaccination Debates at the World Economic Forum

During day two of the World Economic Forum at Davos this past Tuesday, European Commission president Ursula con der Leyen announced the agenda and push towards social media and Tech Giants to publicly release their business models and their algorithms. She wishes for more visibility into these large corporations and their platforms due to the fact that certain decisions and trends on social media need explaining.

Leyen’s uses the incident of former President Trump’s account to be removed from Twitter as an example of how companies are free to act at; will and this incident was a serious violation of an individual’s freedom of expression. She wishes for companies to release their framework of laws for such decisions.

In the World Economic Forum, South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa also urges richer countries to prohibit hoarding vaccines, due to the risks of prolonging the pandemic in other poorer countries. Many African countries are being left behind in the international race of producing and purchasing COVID vaccines. There is deep concern in my third-world countries that richer countries will abuse their economic …

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Rapid Rebound of Economy after Covid-19

Goodbody Stockbrokers has predicted that the Irish economy is expected to see a “rapid rebound” after the COVID regulations and restrictions are lifted. In the latest report, the firms have predicted that the economy could grow by as much as 5% this year assuming that the vaccine rollout is as scheduled and efficient. The driving factors behind this predicted surge in economic growth can be attributed to two factors: the nearly €13 billion increase in household savings across Ireland during quarantine and the pent-up customer demand for services and goods.

This trend could be seen clearly in the partial reopening in December, with a huge influx in demand across the market. But with the economy reopening and people’s livelihoods returning to normal, there calls to be a careful movement towards returning to normal. It is currently estimated that around 36% of the Irish workforce are currently reliant on some form of government support. That equates to nearly 900,000 individuals that are vulnerable financially if removed from these programs too forcefully. Government implements for incentives to rehire and retaining the job …

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The Rich Becoming Richer

In the past year, the term “the rich get richer” has been remarkably accurate. We have seen the top 10 richest individual’s personal wealth increase tremendously and even witnessed Elon Musk become the richest person on earth, passing Warren Buffet on the way. This trend has not been exempted from Ireland’s billionaires. Of the 9 billionaires in Ireland, they have seen their collective wealth increase by €3.28 billion in 2020, despite going through the deepest global recession this decade. And to put that into perspective, 1/10 of that additional wealth would be able to pay for the COVID vaccine to be available to every citizen in Ireland.

Internationally, we are beginning to see a larger divide between the rich and everyone else. This move towards greater inequality has only been highlighted during the pandemic. It is said that the worlds’ one thousand richest people were able to recover from their financial losses due to COVID within nine months, while it will take more than a decade for the world’s poorest countries to do the same. And since the majority of …

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What Does the Biden Administration bring to Ireland?

With the inauguration of Joe Biden, an ending of the four years of the highly debated Trump Administration begins. Many people are overjoyed with the change in power, but there is also some doubt. The main focus of Biden, as stated in his inauguration speech is to “restore the soul of America”, but what does that mean and entail for Ireland and our relationship with the US?

The effects of US government policies have long-lasting effects on the Ireland economy. Especially changes in corporate tax code on the US international companies that operate within our borders, employing nearly 160,000 people. These businesses are the case of nearly a €7 billion unforeseen fall of Irish corporation tax receipts over the last half-decade. The Trump administration was a strong advocate for tax reforms aimed to bring said organizations’ operations closer to home in the US. This included nearly a 10.5% charge on global low-taxed income, or otherwise known as the Gilti tax. The Gilti profits tax has been set far too low, and therefore did not discourage US companies to shift their …

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Stop Overspending

Everyone is open to a great deal. If you know an item is really high quality and something you will use often there is no issue making room for that in your budget. Tracking how much you spend is something an individual should not overlook. Tracking helps people create alertness for some areas to cut back especially in the areas where you wouldn’t notice the difference.

Here some items people overpay for and how to correct them.

1: Monthly metro card.

For those who live in the city, many workers and students find it easier to buy an unlimited card rather than buying one for each trip. It may be convenient but is it really worth it? Most individuals before the pandemic would ride about 8 trips each week on the subway. Metro transportation companies know that. That is where they trick their riders. The typical individual would not calculate the ride each month and how much they could actually save if they bought individual tickets instead.

2: Dry cleaning.

All of us have special clothing we need to keep …

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An Upcoming Change in Technology

One industry that is expected to see much change as the administration in the US White House changes out is technology. As not only an industry sector but also as a tool for the public and a policy. The relationship between the government and social media, communication apps, and surveillance technologies in the world have changed vastly during the Trump administration. The sudden increase in the role of live-streaming events, whether they be violent riots and protests, or current events can’t be ignored anymore as we have the power as a society to access information from any time, anywhere just by pulling out our smartphones.

The role of technology during the Trump administration has certainly been darkened and undermined. Technologies and techniques that were meant to publicize and open doors for democracy were equally used for spreading falsehood, fake news, discrediting valid sources, and promoting hatred, violence, and racism. These actions have shown how technology itself isn’t rather bad, but it depends on the wielder. And all-in-all the wider implications of using technology have not been seen. With proper attention …

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Economic Results of the New US President

The swearing-in of the new US President; Joe Biden, has caused many discrepancies in the world stock market and the value of the dollar this past Thursday. Stock prices are skyrocketed, and the dollar fell as investors began to bet major stimulus. Surprisingly, Asian stocks have reached all-time highs overnight and are predicted to keep rising. MSCI’s global index shows that nearly 50 countries added 0.3% to the 76% rally since the market crash due to COVID last March.

It has been reported that Republicans in the US Congress have stated they will cooperate with the Biden administration in the US’s top priority $1.9 trillion fiscal-stimulus plan to get the economy up and running. There are still some oppositions against the plan, but the final amount is expected to fall at least 5% of the US gross domestic product. Chief economist at BNY Mellon investment management; Shamik Dhar states that the benefit of a larger stimulus is viewed as outweighing the negative impacts of regulation and taxes. He supports this fiscal-stimulus plan and expects the monetary policy to remain largely …

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