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8 Hour Technical

The September Fest 2019

Course Summary

8 hours live

€ 250

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    09:00 - 17:20 Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown, Dublin

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Course Details

8 hours Multiple

The September Fest is one of Ireland’s top CPD conferences, gathering together a wide range of leading tax, financial reporting, auditing, company law, accounting and practice management experts.

The summit provides 3 parallel streams, each stream comprising of 8 x 50-minute sessions, providing you with a total of 24 CPD sessions to choose from across the day.

The September Fest consistently receives the very highest feedback from its attendees. Accountants love the concise nature of the sessions and the variety of topics that they can access in just one day.

5 Reasons to Attend The September Fest 2019

1. Access to The September Fest Members’ Area (including the note pack from all 24 sessions)

Everyone who registers for The September Fest will get access to an exclusive members’ area which will contain the presentations from each of the individual CPD sessions across the day.

This means that if you will have full access to all the resources made available during the day. Now if you cannot attend a specific session, there is no need to worry as you will have access to all the presentations as well as any supporting documentation available.

2. Access the greatest variety of CPD topics of any CPD Event in Ireland

The September Fest consists of 24 unique CPD sessions spread across 3 streams covering a range of topics from Revenue Audits, Monitoring Visits, Income Tax, Audit Issues, Exiting a Business, Farm Tax, Audit of Charities, Accountants’ Reporting Requirements, Credit Union Audit Issues, Tax Appeal Cases, VAT & Property Issues, Brexit Tax Issues, the Impact of the FRS 102 Triennial Review and the Most Common Technical Queries of 2019 to a range of practice management, development and growth sessions.

No other CPD event provides such a diverse range of complementary topics for Irish Accountants.

3. Fully customise your CPD experience

Our unique Pick’n’Mix approach gives you the ultimate flexibility to pick and choose the topics that are most relevant to you and your role. The September Fest consists of 3 parallel streams – Tax, Technical & Firm Growth. Each stream is structured to contain 8 stand-alone CPD sessions.

As an attendee, you get to pick one session from each parallel stream for every time slot. This is hugely beneficial as you will be able to choose the topics that will be of greatest benefit to you and your role right now.

4. Divide and conquer – Heavily discounted Multi-Booker rates

Why not get the entire team on board with our Multi-booker discounts? Pick your team members to attend, and based on the roles, strategically pick and choose the sessions that they should attend.

Get multiple points of view from within each session and then have feedback sessions following The September Fest to ensure that the entire firm benefits from each individual’s insights and experiences.

5. Choose from Virtual or Venue-Based attendance

With our Live Stream option, you can now have a choice of attending The September Fest at the venue – The Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown, or from the comfort of your office, home or wider afield; anywhere you have access to wifi and an internet enabled device.

Once registered for the Live Stream, we will forward you links to access the tax stream on the day. You will follow the exact schedule of the venue-based event and will even have the opportunity to ask questions during the sessions.

The September Fest

19 September 2019, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown

Tax Stream Technical Stream Firm Growth Stream
09:00 – 09:50 A Revenue Audit Case Study For Pubs
Fergal Cahill – Cahill Taxation
Preparing Your Firm For A Monitoring Visit
Colm Owens – OmniPro
Building the Digital Accountancy Firm of 2020
Des O’Neill – OmniPro
09:50 – 10:40 Key Income Tax Pitfalls & Opportunities
Paul Murphy – Martin J Kelly & Co.
Audit Opinion Forming and Modifications
Des O’Neill – OmniPro
Accountancy Firm Structuring and Reorganisation
John Murphy – OmniPro
10:40 – 11:00 Tea & Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:50 Key Tax Considerations on Exiting a Business
Laura Lynch – Laura Lynch & Associates
KnowledgeHUB – Most Common
Techncial Queries of 2019
John Murphy, Neill Doran, Colm Owens, Yvonne O’Sullivan – OmniPro
The Register of Beneficial Ownership – A Burden or an Opportunity?
Des O’Neill – OmniPro
11:50 – 12:40 Topical Tax Appeal Cases
John Murphy – OmniPro
GDPR For Accountants – One Year On
Stuart Anderson – ExpertDPO
Measuring and Managing the Key Metrics of your Firm
Des O’Neill – OmniPro
12:40 – 13:40 Lunch
13:40 – 14:30 Critical Farm Tax Issues
Declan McEvoy – IFAC
The Audit of Charities
Des O’Neill – OmniPro
Shareholders’ Agreements for Accountancy Firms
John Murphy – OmniPro
14:30 – 15:20 Direct Tax Aspects of Property Transactions
Padraig Daly – Mazars
Key Credit Union Audit Issues
Michelle O’Donoghue – RBK
Time Management for Busy Accountants
Des O’Neill – OmniPro
15:20 – 15:40 Tea & Coffee Break
15:40 – 16:30 Current VAT & Property Issues
Gabrielle Dillon – Dermot O’Brien & Associates
FRS 102 Triennial Review – The Impact for Irish Accountants
John Murphy – OmniPro
Step 1 on Your Advisory Journey – The Client Closing Meeting
Des O’Neill – OmniPro
16:30 – 17:20 Brexit – The Potential Tax Issues & Pitfalls
Rose Tierney – Tierney Tax Consultancy
Accountants’ Reporting Requirements
Neill Doran & Colm Owens – OmniPro
Cash Left on the Table – €25,000 in 30 Days
Des O’Neill – OmniPro

Multi-Booker Discount

Why not spread the knowledge throughout the entire organisation?  We have fantastic discounts when you book multiple attendees from your practice on The September Fest 2019:

Multi-Bookers Discount Rates

1st Delegate
2nd Delegate
3rd Delegate
All Subsequent Delegates

Please email Jackie ([email protected]) to book you and your colleagues onto The September Fest 2019 at discounted rates today.

Live Stream Option

You can now register your virtual seat on The September Fest on 19 September, if you cannot attend the live event.

The Benefits of an OmniPro Live Stream Event

Our live stream events combine all the best aspects of live events with the convenience of an online course.

What you get?

  • Multicamera video stream of the speakers
  • Live screen share of Presentations
  • Live annotation of supporting documents
  • Digital download of presentations and supporting documentation

Conference Facilitators

Fergal Cahill – Managing Director – Cahill Taxation Services

Fergal Cahill is a graduate of Law & Accounting from the University of Limerick. He qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser with the Irish Tax Institute.  Prior to founding CTS in 2007, his career included spells as Trainee in PWC Limerick, Tax Senior in PWC Cork, Tax Director in FGS and Tax Director in KPMG.

His particular areas of expertise include Revenue audits, corporate restructuring, succession planning, personal tax planning and VAT on property.

Colm Owens – Practice Support Executive – OmniPro

As a members of our Practice Support team, Colm’s focus is on helping practices achieve on-going best practice compliance, prepare for monitoring visits and assist with post-monitoring visits follow-ups.

Colm brings a unique insight into the whole area of monitoring and compliance having spent the last 6 years as a quality reviewer with Chartered Accountants Ireland.  In that role he has visited firms of differing sizes all over the country which has given him an insight into how firms operate, the challenges facing firms and how firms are responding to current issues facing them and the profession.  He has gained up-to-date knowledge of audit, accounting, money laundering and regulatory compliance issues relevant to the profession and knowledge of current audit methodologies.

Des O’Neill – Co-Founder and Managing Director, OmniPro

Having worked for a number of years in practice, Des O’Neill co-founded OmniPro to develop tools, techniques, products and services, empowering accountants to achieve their best. Over 15 years, he has grown the company to a multi-million-euro turnover business and established OmniPro as Ireland’s largest independent provider of CPD for accountants.

Des speaks regularly, at national and international fora, on practice development, auditing, accounting, company law and regulation. He is passionate about bringing innovation to the profession and empowering accountants to achieve what they want in their careers and practice.

Paul Murphy –Managing Director –  Martin J Kelly & Co

Paul Murphy is a taxation consultant and management accountant for Martin J. Kelly & Co. He is a corporation tax lecturer for the Irish Taxation Institute and is an Associate of both the Irish Taxation Institute and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is a co-author of the Irish Taxation Institute’s annual publication, Irish Taxation Law and Practice.

John Murphy – Tax, Corporate Restructuring and Practice Support – OmniPro

As a lead member of our technical support team, John relishes problem-solving to help accountants develop innovative client solutions and sharing technical knowledge on tax, financial reporting and auditing.

A Chartered Tax Adviser, he advises clients in practice on a range of issues from income tax, tax planning, restructuring and exit planning to Revenue audits. In addition, he provides support on financial reporting, auditing and company law; conducts company valuations and advises on pre-sale restructuring.

John also plays a key role as a researcher and subject-matter expert in developing OmniPro information products such as the and As a speaker at OmniPro CPD events, he brings these industry-leading insights to accountants participating in our training programmes.

Laura Lynch, Managing Director – Laura Lynch & Associates

Laura Lynch is managing director of Laura Lynch & Associates tax advisory firm.  Laura provides personal and corporate SME clients with strategic and commercially focused tax, financing and structuring advice on issues such as wealth protection, succession planning, pensions, cross border matters and tax efficient employee remuneration. She works closely with both angel investors and investee companies, including HALO Business Angel Network, facilitating investments in start-up and expanding companies.

Laura was recently awarded a Fellowship of the Irish Tax Institute and is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.  She has lectured extensively for several professional bodies, particularly the Irish Tax Institute, including delivery of their annual Finance Bill nationwide tour.  She is co-author of the ITI’s annual publication, FINAK, which provides in-depth commentary and comprehensive technical analysis of each section of a Finance Act following enactment.

Laura is also a Council member of the Irish Tax Institute and is Chairman of their TALC (direct taxes) Committee, which is the main forum for making representations between Revenue and practitioners on the administration of tax in Ireland.

Neill Doran –  Practice Support Executive – OmniPro

As a member of Omnipro’s Practice Support team, Neil brings on board 12 years of accountancy experience, including IFRS and FRS 100-102 financial reporting for small subsidiaries and charities right through to large listed entities in Ireland and the UK.

He is currently analysing the new auditing standards requirements for OmniPro’s online information products, CPD events and the creation of our micro-entity audit work programme for ARC – the Accountant’s Resource Centre.

Yvonne O’Sullivan – Tax Executive – OmniPro

Yvonne is a key member of our technical support team, providing advice on all tax heads in response to queries submitted through our Knowledge Hub platform. In addition, she provides support within the tax department on tax planning, restructuring and exit planning solutions for a range of clients.

A Chartered Certified Accountant, Yvonne trained and worked in small practice for a number of years followed by working for over 2 years in an independent Dublin based firm Beechwood Partners. She has experience with a range of professionals, executives, entrepreneurs and family groups assisting them with their tax compliance across all areas. She worked closely with clients providing daily practical and operational assistance with the management of their personal and business finance administration as well as assisting with the ongoing analysis and production of investment portfolio reports.

Yvonne has recently completed her final IATI Chartered Tax Adviser Exams, and plays a key role as a researcher on developing subject matter and content for our Knowledge Hub tax product.

Stuart Anderson – CEO – XpertDPO Ltd.

Stuart has gained a unique blend of business and technical acumen in the areas of Data Protection, Data Quality and implementing Regulatory Compliance processes. Stuart has been certified by IBITGQ as a GDPR practitioner and is registered with GASQ (The Global Association for Software Quality). This led to Stuart continuing his data protection studies at University College Dublin, studying the GDip in Data Protection Policy and Procedures / Certified Data Protection Officer.

Stuart is an Officer member of the Association of Data Protection Officers, the Association of Compliance Officers Ireland and a member of the Institute of Banking. More recently, Stuart has had articles published in the International Journal for Data Protection Officers, Privacy Officers and Privacy Counsel with the latest article giving insight into the effect of Brexit on Data Protection.

Declan McEvoy – Partner, Head of Tax – IFAC

As an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA), Declan leads IFAC’s tax team and specialises in advising Agri Business clients. With over 30 years experience, Declan has lead the development of IFAC’s taxation team which is widely recognised for its specialist knowledge of tax issues in the Agri Business sector.

Declan is frequently quoted in Agri Business publications and general media.

Padraig Daly – Director – Mazars

Padraig Daly is a Director with Mazars specialising in advising clients in the Construction industry as well as advising other Irish and multinational companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and tax efficient financing. In recent years, he has focused on property development and investment, during which he has advised on significant residential and commercial developments, structuring investment into Ireland from abroad, public-private partnerships and infrastructure projects.

He has written and lectured extensively on tax matters including for the Institute and the leading accounting bodies. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant.

Michelle O’Donoghue – Audit & Business Advisory Director – RBK

Michelle’s core expertise is with Credit Unions and Charities and Not for Profit organisations.

She has responsibility for the delivery of external audit, internal audit, outsourced risk and compliance services and merger due diligence work.

Michelle is a regular speaker at RBK’s annual Credit Union seminar. She also assists in the provision of training for Boards of Charities and Credit Unions on the areas of Directors responsibilities and lectures on Internal Audit, Risk Management and Effective Board Reporting.

Gabrielle Dillon – Director – Dermot O’Brien & Associates

Gabrielle Dillon is a Director of Dermot O’Brien & Associates and is a respected specialist in VAT for many years.

Gabrielle qualified as an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute in 2002 and holds a Barrister-at-Law degree and a BA in European Studies (Law). She has experience in a broad range of VAT issues at both Irish and European level, and has a particular interest in VAT and property.

Gabrielle has lectured in VAT on the Irish Taxation Institute’s Tax Technician programme and its AITI programme. She is co-author of the ITI’s publication Value-Added Tax. She has written extensively on various VAT issues, she writes the “VAT News” column in the Irish Tax Review, and she is a member of that journal’s editorial committee.

Rose Tierney – Principal – Tierney Tax Consultancy

Rose Tierney is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser qualified to practice in both the UK and Ireland. After many years in practice in London and Dublin she set up Tierney Tax Consultancy. Having advised businesses from large multinationals to sole trader start ups Rose now uses that wealth of experience in assisting individuals and businesses on tax matters arising in both jurisdictions.

Tierney Tax Consultancy also operates as an independent tax adviser for professional accountancy and legal firms enhancing the servicesthat they can provide to their own clients.