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Irish Headquartered Companies

Irish Headquartered Companies

A dynamic array of companies, from global giants to high-growth start-ups, have chosen Ireland as their strategic European base.

Ireland is one of the best places in the world to do business.

Ireland's corporate, legal and regulatory environment alongside its tax treaties with European Union member states, the United States and other countries around the world are just some of the reasons why Ireland is considered such an attractive jurisdiction to locate your corporate headquarters.

The attractions of using Ireland as your global corporate headquarters include:

  • Competitive cost base – significant competitiveness improvement 
  • Gateway to Europe 
  • Member of the Eurozone 
  • English speaking 
  • Young, dynamic and well educated workforce 
  • Single Financial Services Regulatory Authority 
  • Common law legal system
  • Attractive tax regime 
    • 12.5% (trading company)/ 25% (passive/securitisation vehicle) corporation tax rate on profits in Ireland
    • Extensive tax treaty network (72 tax treaties signed) 
    • 37.5% relief for R&D activities – extends to developments in finance 
    • Attractive intellectual property regime 
    • No controlled foreign company legislation 
    • No thin capitalisation rules 
    • Exemption from corporation tax for certain start-up companies 
    • Income tax incentives for employees relocating to Ireland 
    • Exemption from tax on certain dividends 
    • Credit for foreign withholding tax and underlying tax available on other dividends

Further information

If you require further information on Irish headquartered company issues, please contact Andrew Gallagher or any member of our tax team.

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