Lecturers

Our team of lecturers for the 2020/21 Certified Tax Adviser (CTax) course are:

MICHAEL SMITH -
FS TAXATION

Michael Smith is a founder and Taxation Partner of Farrell Smith Taxation.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute. He has over 18 years experience in taxation, and has previously worked in the tax departments of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Andersen and BDO Simpson Xavier. Michael has lectured extensively for the Irish Taxation Institute and the main accountancy bodies.

Michael will deliver the following modules:
  • Corporation Tax - Essentials & Specific Advanced Issues
  • Corporation Tax - Specialist Issues

PAUL GOSAL BSC AITI ACA -
PRINCIPAL OF PAUL GOSAL TAX ADVISOR

Paul Gosal is the principal of Paul Gosal Tax Advisory a specialist tax firm providing personal, corporate and capital tax consultancy and compliance services to a broad range of individual and corporate clients with business interests in Ireland and abroad. Paul is an experienced and well regarded AITI-Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience as a tax practitioner. His areas of expertise include tax efficient Succession Planning and Corporate/Business restructurings including personal retirement planning and tax efficient cash extraction. Paul has developed a keen interest in tax planning and compliance for internationally mobile individuals including non-residents, expatriates and non-domiciled individuals.

He is an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute (of which he also represents members in Cork and Kerry as Chair of the South West Network) and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Paul is a taxation lecturer for the past 10 years in Cork Institute of Technology and regularly presents on taxation matters for the Certified Public Accountants and Irish Taxation Institute.

Paul will deliver the following module:

  • Succession Planning

MAIRÉAD HENNESSY - 
FOUNDER OF TAXKEY

Mairéad Hennessy founded Taxkey in response to a market need for specialist tax advisory services by accounting and other professional advisors at competitive rates. Mairéad has a wealth of experience in advising on Irish tax matters, with specialties including business start up and growth, corporate structuring, property transactions, VAT, succession planning both for individuals and businesses, inheritance tax, retirement planning and wealth management. Máiréad delivers tax solutions for companies, not for profit organisations, sole traders and private individuals.

Prior to setting up Taxkey Máiréad held tax roles in a “Big 4” Accountancy Practice, a “Top 5” law firm, a small accountancy practice and headed up the tax function in a large Irish corporate group. She is passionate about delivering the highest quality tax advice in a practical and professional manner.

Mairéad will deliver the following modules:

  • Tax Issues of Employment Income
  • Advanced Income Tax

GARY O'MAHONY (BCL, FAC, AITI) -
PRINCIPAL, O'HARA DOLAN & CO TAX CONSULTANTS

Gary advises domestic and international clients regularly on virtually all Irish tax areas, including VAT, Personal Tax, Corporation Tax and Capital Taxes, as well as Revenue negotiations for clients, dealing with investigation, audit or other Revenue queries. His practical and technical expertise in taxation is combined with a strong commercial and professional awareness built up over his career to date as a tax specialist.
Gary has twenty years of experience speaking on a wide variety of tax matters in different forums, domestically and abroad, and has lectured students on tax for a variety of professional courses.

Gary will deliver the following module:

  • Revenue Interaction

ETHNA KENNON -
TAX DIRECTOR, KPMG

Ethna Kennon, FCA, AITI is a Director in KPMG Ireland’s indirect tax group. Ethna has over 15 years’ experience specialising in VAT and providing indirect tax advisory and compliance services to a wide range of domestic and international businesses. She also lectures extensively on indirect tax matters to industry members and tax and accounting practitioners.

Ethna will deliver the following module:
  • VAT Essentials

DAVID CLANCY -
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CLANCY & ASSOCIATES

David is an experienced tax professional having particular expertise in the areas of income tax, capital gains tax, capital acquisitions tax and personal financial planning.He is a member of the Irish Tax Institute, has lectured extensively for the Irish Tax Institute and other professional bodies and he is a regular contributor to tax seminars and articles.
David started his own company in 1998. The business has grown successfully and has been based on very hard work and wonderful colleagues and clients.

David will deliver the following module:

  • Further Aspects of Personal Tax

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