RSM Ireland

Aidan Byrne
Tax Partner

Office : Dublin
Service : Tax

Aidan Byrne joined the firm as tax director in 1998. In 2001, he became the lead tax partner and he is responsible for the delivery of all tax services to the clients of the firm.

Aidan specialises in advising corporate clients on optimum tax structures. In particular, he advises companies considering foreign direct investment into Ireland to avail of the attractive tax regime that is available to companies locating here, and with our indigenous Irish owner managed companies on corporate tax strategy and succession planning issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Aidan was employed in the Revenue Commissioners (Irish tax authorities) and worked there in several areas until he left in 1998,in VAT and the Revenue Audit Programme.

Some examples of recent relevant projects:

  • He has helped a large number of companies locate here, working with the Irish Development Authority (a government agency) to maximise both the taxation and state aid packages available. These companies operate in a number of areas including the Life Science sector and  the Technology Sector.  In particular, he works with companies that hold or have developed intellectual property, assisting them to set up in a tax efficient manner,  utilising Ireland’s key reliefs around intellectual property.
  • He has recently assisted a non-Irish company in the tech sector with their global tax strategy, assisting them in unwinding a structure which was no longer fit for purpose, following the BEPS process
  • Aidan has worked on a number of tax due diligence projects, guiding companies from outside Ireland in completing transactions acquiring Irish targets.
News articles

Business Post Corporate Tax report - Taxation in a world without borders

2 December 2019
Taxation in a world without borders​ As businesses expand virtually with no need for a physical presence, digitalisation of the economy poses an immense challenge to the international tax system. RSM Ireland Tax Partner, Aidan Byrne, features in the Business Post Corporate Tax report. New and advancing technologies help businesses to ex...

Charities VAT compensation scheme

12 October 2017
In recognition of the work undertaken by charities, a new scheme, announced as part of Budget 2018, will be introduced to compensate them for the VAT they incur on their inputs. Find out all the details here: More details   ...

Register of Beneficial Owners – What are the obligations of Irish Entities?

16 April 2019
Under the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive issued by the EU, Member States must implement a Central Register of Beneficial Owners information of the companies operating in their jurisdictions. On the 22nd of March this was incorporated into Irish Legislation through the implementation of a Statutory Instrument (No. 110 of 2019) signed by ...

An Invaluable share scheme for SME’s – the Key Employee Engagement Programme (“KEEP”)

14 March 2019
In the Finance Act 2017 the government introduced the Key Employee Engagement Progamme (‘KEEP’) scheme. The scheme offers employers a chance to reward key employees with share options that are an extremely tax efficient method of remuneration. The rules of the scheme apply to any gains arising from the purchase of qualifying share options f...

New regime: UK non-resident capital gains tax on real estate funds

16 April 2019
What has changed? Following an announcement of a new tax charge in late 2017 UK legislation has now been published. The new capital gains tax on real estate will affect non-UK residents who make gains on the disposal of UK real estate or UK real estate heavy companies and other vehicles. Summary Non-UK residents will be pulled into the...

Pre-trading expenses and when they were incurred by another company

14 March 2019
In the beginning, a business may incur certain pre-trading expenses in advance of actually commencing trade. Such expenses would include (but are not limited to); costs of feasibility studies, accountancy fees, advertising costs, rent of premises etc.  Under Section 82 TCA 1997 , a deduction is available for these expenses against the i...

VAT compensation scheme for charities

14 March 2019
A common burden for charities in Ireland is the VAT they incur in the day-to-day running and managing of their charitable activities.  The VAT Compensation Scheme for Charities was introduced in Budget 2018 to alleviate this strain. The VAT Compensation Scheme for Charities aims to partially compensate charities, on a pro-rata basis, for V...

New Brexit social welfare agreement - all you need to know

18 April 2019
Will I be affected by the new Brexit social welfare agreement? With the prospect of Brexit, comes a lot of uncertainty, one of which is how social welfare payments would apply post Brexit for cross border works and secondees between both jurisdictions.   With this in mind, an agreement on social security was signed by Ireland and t...

Budget 2015 analysis

19 April 2016
A Prudent Budget – Steady as She Goes Aidan Byrne, Taxation Partner with RSM Budget 2015 analysis. Michael Noonan has introduced a budget today which he described as being about securing the recovery, building for the future and broadening it to families across the country. In a wide ranging address he outlined some key areas which are d...