We talk to Enterprise Ireland’s Joe Healy about the need to address changes to the Irish tax system for entrepreneurs.

At the Enterprise Ireland Start-up Showcase 2019, divisional manager of the high-potential start-up (HPSU) unit, Joe Healy, spoke to Siliconrepublic.com about the taxation environment in Ireland.

“There are still challenges around retaining and attracting talent, and we need to ensure that the tax system supports and encourages risk-takers. We have 132 of our brightest and best in this room, and an important role is to be an advocate for a tax regime that is needed.

“Not only changes to reward the real heroes of the economy but the tax system must be internationally competitive. It is about the future economic engine of this country and enhancing Ireland’s reputation as a start-up hub, but also inoculating against Brexit, trade wars and other unforeseen events.

“The taxation environment is critically important for starting and scaling companies. It is a key factor in the overall competitiveness in Ireland.”

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