Finance Act 2019


Number 45 of 2019




Universal Social Charge, Income Tax, Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax

Chapter 1



1. Interpretation (Part 1)

Chapter 2

Universal Social Charge

2. Amendment of section 531AN of Principal Act (rate of charge)

Chapter 3

Income Tax

3. Amendment of section 466A of Principal Act (home carer tax credit)

4. Amendment of section 472AB of Principal Act (earned income tax credit)

5. Sea-going naval personnel credit

6. Benefit-in-kind: emissions-based calculations

7. Amendment of section 204B of Principal Act (exemption in respect of compensation for certain living donors)

8. Amendment of section 205A of Principal Act (Magdalen Laundry payments)

9. Amendment of section 825C of Principal Act (special assignee relief programme)

10. Amendment of section 823A of Principal Act (deduction for income earned in certain foreign states)

11. Amendment of section 128F of Principal Act (key employee engagement programme)

12. Amendment of section 1032 of Principal Act (restrictions on certain reliefs)

13. Exemption of certain payments made or authorised by Child and Family Agency

14. Exemption in respect of training allowance payments

15. Exemption in respect of certain education-related payments

16. Amendment of section 477C of Principal Act (help to buy)

17. Amendment of section 774 of Principal Act (certain approved schemes: exemptions and reliefs)

Chapter 4

Income Tax, Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax

18. Living City Initiative

19. Amendment of Part 11C of Principal Act (emissions-based limits on capital allowances and expenses for certain road vehicles)

20. Amendment of section 81 of Principal Act (general rule as to deductions)

21. Amendment of Schedule 4 to Principal Act (exemption of specified non-commercial state sponsored bodies from certain tax provisions)

22. Amendment of section 845C of Principal Act (treatment of Additional Tier 1 instruments)

23. Amendment of section 130 of Principal Act (matters to be treated as distributions)

24. Amendment of Part 6 of Principal Act (distributions and dividend withholding tax)

25. Amendment of Chapter 2 of Part 29 of Principal Act (scientific and certain other research)

26. Amendment of Part 16 of Principal Act (relief for investment in corporate trades)

27. Transfer Pricing

Chapter 5

Corporation Tax

28. Amendment of section 110 of Principal Act (securitisation)

29. Amendment of Part 25A of Principal Act (real estate investment trusts)

30. Irish real estate funds

31. Hybrid mismatches

32. Amendment of section 739J of Principal Act (investment limited partnerships)

33. Amendment of section 1035A of Principal Act (relieving provision to section 1035)

34. Amendment of Part 28 of Principal Act (purchase and sale of securities)

Chapter 6

Capital Gains Tax

35. Amendment of section 604B of Principal Act (relief for farm restructuring)

36. Amendment of section 616 of Principal Act (groups of companies: interpretation)

37. Amendment of section 621 of Principal Act (depreciatory transactions in group)

38. Amendment of provisions relating to exit tax



39. Rates of tobacco products tax

40. Amendment of Chapter 1 of Part 2 of, and Schedules 2 and 2A to, Finance Act 1999 (mineral oil tax)

41. Amendment of Chapter 1 of Part 2 of Finance Act 1999 (mineral oil tax)

42. Amendment of section 99A of Finance Act 1999 (relief for qualifying road transport operators)

43. Amendment of section 78A of Finance Act 2003 (relief for small breweries)

44. Amendment of Schedule 2 to Finance Act 2008 (electricity tax)

45. Amendment of section 67 of Finance Act 2010 (natural gas carbon tax rate)

46. Amendment of section 78 of, and Schedule 1 to, Finance Act 2010 (solid fuel carbon tax)

47. Amendment of Chapter 1 of Part 2 of Finance Act 2002 (betting duty relief)

48. Amendment of section 96 of Finance Act 2001 (interpretation (Part 2))

49. Amendment of section 130 of Finance Act 1992 (interpretation)

50. Amendment of section 132 of Finance Act 1992 (charge of excise duty)

51. Amendment of section 135C of Finance Act 1992 (remission or repayment in respect of vehicle registration tax, etc.)


Value-Added Tax

52. Interpretation (Part 3)

53. Amendment of Chapter 1 of Part 8 of Principal Act (general provisions)

54. Amendment of section 108 of Principal Act (inspection and removal of records)

55. Amendment of Part 2 of Schedule 3 to Principal Act (goods and services chargeable at the reduced rate)


Stamp Duties

56. Interpretation (Part 4)

57. Amendment of stamp duty rate on non-residential property

58. Amendment of section 124B of Principal Act (certain premiums of life assurance)

59. Amendment of section 125 of Principal Act (certain premiums of insurance)

60. Amendment of section 126AA of Principal Act (further levy on certain financial institutions)

61. Cancellation schemes of arrangement


Capital Acquisitions Tax

62. Interpretation (Part 5)

63. Amendment of section 48 of Principal Act (affidavits and accounts)

64. Amendment of section 86 of Principal Act (exemption relating to certain dwellings)

65. Amendment of Schedule 2 to Principal Act (computation of tax)



66. Interpretation (Part 6)

67. Mandatory automatic exchange of information in relation to reportable cross-border arrangements

68. Amendment of Part 40A of Principal Act (appeals to Appeals Commissioners)

69. Mutual agreement procedures

70. Amendment of section 917K of Principal Act (hard copies)

71. Amendment of section 990 of Principal Act (assessment of tax due)

72. Amendment of section 1001 of Principal Act (liability to tax, etc. of holder of fixed charge on book debts of company)

73. Amendment of Schedule 24A to Principal Act (arrangements made by the Government with the government of any territory outside the State in relation to affording relief from double taxation and exchanging information in relation to tax)

74. Miscellaneous technical amendments in relation to tax

75. Care and management of taxes and duties

76. Short title, construction and commencement


Miscellaneous Technical Amendments in Relation to Tax

Acts Referred to

Betting Act 1931 (No. 27)

Capital Acquisitions Tax Consolidation Act 2003 (No. 1)

Child Care Act 1991 (No. 17)

Companies Act 2014 (No. 38)

Courts (Supplemental Provisions) Act 1961 (No. 39)

Courts of Justice Act 1924 (No. 10)

Finance (No. 2) Act 2008 (No. 25)

Finance Act 1992 (No. 9)

Finance Act 1999 (No. 2)

Finance Act 2001 (No. 7)

Finance Act 2002 (No. 5)

Finance Act 2003 (No. 3)

Finance Act 2005 (No. 5)

Finance Act 2008 (No. 3)

Finance Act 2010 (No. 5)

Finance Act 2017 (No. 41)

Finance Act 2018 (No. 30)

Investment Limited Partnerships Act 1994 (No. 24)

Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (No. 26)

Stamp Duties Consolidation Act 1999 (No. 31)

Stock Exchange Act 1995 (No. 9)

Student Support Act 2011 (No. 4)

Succession Act 1965 (No. 27)

Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 (No. 39)

Value-Added Tax Consolidation Act 2010 (No. 31)

Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2019 (No. 8)


Number 45 of 2019


An Act to provide for the imposition, repeal, remission, alteration and regulation of taxation, of stamp duties and of duties relating to excise and otherwise to make further provision in connection with finance including the regulation of customs.

[22nd December, 2019]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows: