Under the Companies Act 2014, all Irish Companies directors must be resident in the European Economic Area (EEA).
As the UK left the EU on January 31st with certain provisions until 31st December 2020, the UK’s trading relationship with the EU remains the same and the UK will follow EU rules. All EU regulations will apply to the UK during this time.
Therefore, this year, Irish Companies with UK resident directors can operate as normal without the requirement to have an EEA-resident Director.
However, if after 31st December 2020, there is no agreement in place, UK resident Directors of Irish Companies will need to adhere to Section 137 Companies Act 2014 and appoint an EEA resident director or apply for a Non-Resident Director Bond in order to comply with the Companies Act 2014
A Non-Resident Director Bond covers the company for €25,000 and acts like an insurance policy for the government to cover unpaid taxes or fines. It is valid for 2 years and covers the following;
- Company fines imposed by late filing of accounts or returns
- Revenue fines
- Penalties imposed under the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997
- Expenses incurred in recovering above fines and penalties
A Non-Resident Director Bond needs to be put in place at company incorporation stage or on the removal of an EEA resident director from the company, it allows the company to operate without an EEA resident director in place. After 2 years, the company must either renew the bond or appoint an EEA director.
It is a criminal offence to not have at least one EEA-resident director of an Irish registered company.
If a company has someone managing the business from Ireland or trades in the State, they may be eligible to apply for a ‘real and continuous link’. An application can be made to Revenue to confirm a link exists (trading must already be in place to be approved). Once approved by Revenue, a B67 form is required to be completed and submitted to the Registrar of Companies to confirm the link.
If approved, there is no requirement for a company to purchase a non-resident bond or appoint an EEA director.
Why not read our previous blog regarding the legal and tax implications for Director’s loans here
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