ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. In addition to providing resources for accountantcy students and professionals, its website also provides some really useful information for anyone involved in SMEs or Start-Ups.
According to the ACCA it aims to be the accountancy body most closely aligned with small business. Its small business section contains publications, useful links and a range of resources for anyone wishing to keep up with small business developments.
I believe it was Mark Twain who wrote that there are just two certainties in life, death and taxes. Well, for anyone starting a business, while you will hopefully be able to stave off the former for a good many years to come, the latter is pretty much unavoidable from day one (or at least the act of registering for tax!). Between VAT, Income Tax, PAYE/PRSI and Company Tax, regardless of what type of business you are planning to start, you will likely find yourself liable for tax payments of some kind.
In order to familiarise yourself with taxation requirements, you should pay a visit to the Revenue Commissioners website, www.revenue.ie , which provides comprehensive information on all matters relating to both personal and business taxation. Revenue have also published a very useful guide called Starting in Business which can be downloaded here.
Revenue now also have in place a very useful on line service (called imaginatively enough Revenue On-line Service or ROS for short accessed at www.ros.ie . This is, in their words, an interactive facility offering business and individuals a quick, secure and cost effective method to manage their Tax Affairs online.