Architects

Architecture is the most artistic and creative of all the professional services and impacts on all of our lives.

It is also among most precarious of professions with the constant challenge of generate new projects and maintaining a steady income. More than most, architects are at the mercy of the prevailing economic conditions.

It is vitally important that the right procedures are in place to manage the accounting, tax and administration requirements so that the creative team can concentrate on what they do best.

HLB Sheehan Quinn provides a full range of services to help architects manage their resources efficiently, plan for spikes and dips, reduce tax liabilities and protect assets. We help our clients put the right structures in place to build for the future.

Challenges

In an increasingly shrinking business world, the ability to win international contracts has never been greater. As such, it is important to have advisors who understand international tax legislation and how it impacts on your activity.

The VAT treatment of services, connected with immovable property, can result in an obligation for overseas registration and compliance.

The HLB network, with a presence in more than 150 countries, means you can get local advice wherever you operate.

The Irish holding company regime is one of the most attractive in the world. It offers tax efficient asset protection, investment opportunities and future planning.

In a sector where a steady income is not guaranteed and there can be spikes and dips, it is important to understand how a good structure can work for you.

Our specialist advisors provide expert guidance to clients to enable them to make informed decisions about the best structure for their business given their short, medium and long-term goals.

Did you know that Architects rank 4th out of 12 industries that file for R&D tax credit claims in Ireland?

However, for many, it is often an overlooked area.

Examples of where a credit may be available include:

- Designing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) structures

- Developing a method to maintain historical facades

Our team of experts can assist you in identifying incentives such as R&D tax credits.

Attracting and retaining talent is key to growing a business. We provide assistance with having your key staff ingrained in the success of the firm, creating a collaborative atmosphere with a real sense of reward and participation.


Whether it is a key employee who is vital to the long-term success of your business or you want to reward and encourage junior staff members, we can assist with creative and effective solutions for your firm.

There are certain topics that are common across many industries and failing to plan for the long-term exit is one of those.

Building a successful practice and reputation may be a lifetime’s work and it is important to have a plan to maximise the rewards on exit.

Our expert guidance on succession planning enables our clients to keep on top of the day-to-day, whilst establishing a long-term strategy for succession to protect the future of their business.

VAT on international assignments

In an increasingly shrinking business world, the ability to win international contracts has never been greater. As such, it is important to have advisors who understand international tax legislation and how it impacts on your activity.

The VAT treatment of services, connected with immovable property, can result in an obligation for overseas registration and compliance.

The HLB network, with a presence in more than 150 countries, means you can get local advice wherever you operate.

Corporate structures & Asset protection

The Irish holding company regime is one of the most attractive in the world. It offers tax efficient asset protection, investment opportunities and future planning.

In a sector where a steady income is not guaranteed and there can be spikes and dips, it is important to understand how a good structure can work for you.

Our specialist advisors provide expert guidance to clients to enable them to make informed decisions about the best structure for their business given their short, medium and long-term goals.

R&D Tax Credits

Did you know that Architects rank 4th out of 12 industries that file for R&D tax credit claims in Ireland?

However, for many, it is often an overlooked area.

Examples of where a credit may be available include:

- Designing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) structures

- Developing a method to maintain historical facades

Our team of experts can assist you in identifying incentives such as R&D tax credits.

Employee Rewards

Attracting and retaining talent is key to growing a business. We provide assistance with having your key staff ingrained in the success of the firm, creating a collaborative atmosphere with a real sense of reward and participation.


Whether it is a key employee who is vital to the long-term success of your business or you want to reward and encourage junior staff members, we can assist with creative and effective solutions for your firm.

Exit Strategies

There are certain topics that are common across many industries and failing to plan for the long-term exit is one of those.

Building a successful practice and reputation may be a lifetime’s work and it is important to have a plan to maximise the rewards on exit.

Our expert guidance on succession planning enables our clients to keep on top of the day-to-day, whilst establishing a long-term strategy for succession to protect the future of their business.

Our Experts

Bruce Stanley

A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor, CTA, Bruce has over 15 years' experience in practice.

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Darran Woods

An Associate of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor, CTA, Darran advises a wide range of clients on a range of issues specialising in outsourcing. A graduate of UCD Michael Smurfit Business School, Darran also holds a Masters in Accounting.

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Bruce Stanley

Tax Consulting Partner

A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor, CTA, Bruce has over 15 years' experience in practice. Bruce has experience across all tax heads, specialising in corporate structuring and personal tax planning for entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses.

Bruce has a strong client focus providing bespoke commercial tax solutions to suit individual needs in areas such as business expansion, efficient cash extraction, employee incentivisation schemes and succession planning.

Bruce has presented on a variety of taxation matters both in Ireland and at European conferences on topics such as EU VAT case law, the Irish Holding Company regime, personal tax planning and tax efficient business investment.

Bruce has experience of advising across a broad range of sectors including Hotels and Leisure, Property Investment, Arts & Entertainment, Professional Services, Medical and Retail. With a keen interest in the arts and entertainment sector, Bruce serves as a board member of both Graphic Studio Dublin, Ireland's oldest fine art print studio and Rough Magic Theatre Company, Ireland’s leading independent theatre company.

Darran Woods

Accounts & Outsourcing Partner

An Associate of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor, CTA, Darran advises a wide range of clients on a range of issues specialising in outsourcing. A graduate of UCD Michael Smurfit Business School, Darran also holds a Masters in Accounting.

Darran services a broad client base from sole traders to group corporate entities offering business services to maximise business efficiencies.

In addition, Darran is a statutory auditor and has wide expertise in consultancy services such as finance proposals, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, budgeting and cash flow, and business valuations. Darran is also a strategic advisor for many owner-managed and family businesses in their path towards growth and success.

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