The Winter Tax Essentials 2020 - Series 2

Registering for CPD Fest 2020 couldn’t be more straightforward.  We have three packages for you to choose from – 10 Credits, 20 Credits and 30 Credits – allowing you to customize the event to your own specific needs.  Once purchased, pick ‘n’ mix the topics of most interest and relevance to you from any of the 40 sessions running across the week of CPD Fest 2020.

CPD Fest Credits:

10 Credits

10 Hours

Any 5 CPD Fest Sessions


20 Credits

20 Hours

Any 10 CPD Fest Sessions


30 Credits

30 Hours

Any 15 CPD Fest Sessions


The 12 Gifts Of CPD Fest

Over the coming weeks we are going to give you advance access to hugely valuable extracts from the note packs The CPD Fest & The Essential Advisors’ Mix.

With The 12 Gifts of CPD Fest you will get guides, financial statements, checklists, tools, tax papers, letters of engagement and reports all the way up to and including the kitchen sink!

 Registration for The 12 Gifts Of CPD Fest is free, quick and straight forward and you can do so here:

Event Schedule:

Session 1: Revenue Audits and Interventions

 This course explores the issues ‘on the ground’ when dealing with Revenue Interventions and what Practitioners can expect going forward, including:

  1. Covid-19 schemes and Revenue’s monitoring/reviewing of claims
  2. Family Company – a persistent problem area
  3. Employee Subscriptions and other Employee Expenses
  4. Contract of Service v Contract for Service
  5. CGT Losses – changes to treatment and retention of records

Speaker: Brendan Twohig – MK Brazil

Session 2: Topical Tax Cases

The past year has seen an avalanche of TAC Decisions and some very interesting cases  – some of which are potentially ‘game-changers’. This presentation will include a whirlwind review of the 2020 cases as well as flagging some of the more important ones whcih may be relevant to Practitioners and their clients, including for example:


  • The S.599 v S.598 Retirement Relief debate
  • The rise of anti-avoidance cases
  • The application of the Professional CCS for Accountants
  • The landmark decisions for Medical Contractors and Contractors in General

Brendan Twohig – MK Brazil


Session 3: PRSI Housekeeping and Update on Brexit & Welfare Issues

In this session Brendan will be covering the following topics;

• End of year checks on PRSI issues for your clients
• PRSI Refunds (4 year rule will cancel 2016 refund after December)
• Voluntary Contributions (Pandemic decimated some clients annual income in 2020)
• Welfare Pension Plans
• Brexit Implications on Social Welfare

Speaker: Brendan Casey – PRSI Consultant

Session 4: Refresher on the VAT on Property Rules

This session will cover:

VAT on Property Disposals:

  • Review of the Old/Transitional/New
  • Rules applicable to VAT on Property;
  • Legislative Definitions;
  • Transfer of Business Relief;
  • Implications of the above.

Documentary Requirements:

  • Completion of Pre-Contract VAT Enquiries;
  • Capital Goods Scheme Records.


  • Landscape with respect to VAT.
  • Entitlement to Recover.


Speaker: Adam Sweetman – Mazars

CPD Course Facilitators

Brendan Twohig – MK Brazil

Brendan Twohig is a Chartered Tax Consultant and has been working in the tax sector for over 20 years.

He joined MK Brazil in 2006 having previously held key tax positions in both Irish and international firms. In addition to working with clients directly, Brendan also provides support consultancy services to other professional advisors and is a member of various consultancy and liaison groups.

Brendan is also a well known speaker and author on tax issues and regularly makes contributions to both local and national media, as well as to various trade journals.

Brendan Casey, PRSI Consultant

Brendan Casey has been practising as a lecturer and a PRSI Consultant since retiring from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection over 10 years ago.

Brendan advises on PRSI liability issues and is an expert on all of Welfare’s contributory benefit and pension schemes.

Formerly a quality reviewer with Chartered Accountants Ireland, this role saw him visiting firms of various sizes across Ireland conducting audit, non-audit and anti-money laundering visits. Prior to this he spent 12 years working in small and medium sized practices. In these roles, Mike has gained a comprehensive knowledge of the profession and has worked with a broad range of clients across many industries

Adam Sweetman – Mazars

Adam Sweetman has a BA in Business/Managerial Economics from Trinity College and is a Chartered Tax Advisor.

He has over 15+ years’ tax experience and is currently employed by Mazars as a Senior Tax Manager, where he has responsibility for a large number of corporate groups across a number of industries. He is also responsible for a large number of private clients, specifically in the professional services industry, and for compliance and consultancy engagements across a significant client portfolio.

He has advised on the tax implications of property development transactions to include VAT, RCT and employee tax issues and have provided assistance to clients on the sale of shares or business assets, including review of work on taxation warranties and indemnities.

Adam has over the years advised on withholding taxes and international tax matters, assisted clients in preparing for Revenue Audits and tax reviews and has worked on large scale due diligence engagements for target companies. He is responsible for the delivering timely VAT advice in relation to specific property transactions, to include the preparation and delivery of completed Requisitions on Title for VAT.

He also manages the tax technical training of Mazars tax staff.

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