Investment Incentives in Ireland

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Incentives or guarantees

Forms of Aid
Ireland retains significant scope to grant investment aid under a new Regional Aid Map approved by the European Commission for the period 2007-2013. Further information on the website of the Department of enterprise, trade and employment.
Privileged Domains
The Border Midlands and West Region are classified as “economic development regions” and qualified for regional aid throughout 2007-2013. The South East sub-region (Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Tipperary South) is also qualified for regional aid throughout 2007-2013 on the basis of unemployment criteria specified by the European Commission.
Privileged geographical sectors
Consult the list of privileged geographical zones on the website of enterprise, trade and employment.
Privileged Geographical Zones
The Shannon duty-free Processing Zone: companies operating in the Shannon Free Zone are entitled to the following benefits: goods imported from non-EU countries for storage, handling or processing are duty-free; no duty on goods exported from Shannon to non- EU countries; no time limit on disposal of goods held duty-free; minimum customs documentation and formalities; no Value Added Tax (VAT) on imported goods, including capital equipment; choice of having import duty on non-EU product calculated on its landing value or selling-out price.
Foreign-owned firms in the Shannon Free Zone have the same investment opportunities as indigenous Irish companies. Duty-free exemptions are available also to companies operating in Ireland's major deepwater port at Ringaskiddy in County Cork..
Country Risk

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Tax incentives offered to foreign investors

Special tax treatments
A low corporation tax rate regime of 10% on trading profits applied to specified manufacturing companies until 31 December 2010. There are incentives in relation to patents and intellectual property, as well as generous research and development credits. For more information on tax incentives you can consult the Industrial Development Agency of Ireland (IDA Ireland).
Useful Links
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