A tax credit is coming to the web design industry, and the new incentive could help designers save a lot of money on their web design.
Online designer John Geddes said he was surprised to hear that the Irish Government would offer a $3,000 tax credit to help designers.
“It’s quite strange to me,” Mr Gedds said.
“I have worked in the field for over 15 years and I never get a refund for design.”
He said he had been planning to apply for a tax credit for years but decided to give it a try.
“A tax credit isn’t something I’ve ever been very much interested in, but it’s something that’s being looked at by the Department of Finance and I think it’s really important for designers to have a bit of money,” Mr Fagan said.
Tax credit schemes have been in place in other countries such as Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, but Mr Giddes said his experience was different.
“Ireland is in a position where there’s a lot more tax avoidance going on, there’s an overall level of taxation that is not as progressive as in many other countries, so I think that’s something you need to consider before you get into designing,” he said.
Online design consultant and founder of a company called BlueSkyDigital, Joe Seddon said the credit could be a “game changer”.
“It would be a huge relief to me and to a lot others in the industry,” he added.
“If this was something that we were doing and I was getting a tax break, I’d be all over it.”
Mr Seddons website has a design template that is shared across the globe and has been the basis of several online designs for the past decade.
“In the past it was very hard to get a tax offset because it was so difficult to get an invoice, and if we had a tax rebate it would be easier to get them,” he explained.
“This is the best way I know to get the tax offset for my designs.”
“There’s been a lot written about the tax incentives, but to be honest, it’s a game changer, especially if you have a portfolio of design assets.”
Mr Gedd, who also runs the design agency, Big Red, said the tax credit was a game-changer for the industry.
“There are a lot people out there doing their own work, they’re doing it all themselves, but they don’t have the infrastructure that they do in the United States and in Ireland,” he joked.
“That’s where we are now, so we’re going to make it easy for people to do their own thing, to design their own portfolios and be successful, to have the capital and the resources to do it.”
Online designers could be eligible for the credit if they:Work as part of a larger company, or are part of an independent design studio.
Own or operate an online business.
Own an online website or have a website for which you’ve published design content.
Have a portfolio online of design work that has been approved for tax credit.
Design on a freelance basis.
Design a portfolio that includes designs that have been approved by the National Tax Agency.
Have been approved or published on the National Digital Content Authority website for more than 10 years.
“So we’re really excited about this, and we’re actually really happy about it because this is going to help our industry grow and hopefully, it will also help the rest of the economy as well.”
Online design and content company Big Red is also hoping to secure tax credits for a variety of industries in the future.
Online platform builder and founder John O’Neill said the company is planning to expand its tax credits to include all kinds of other sectors.
“The fact that we have been able to apply through the National Credit Scheme for a lot longer and to apply the same scheme for all the different types of work that we do in a digital world and in a global economy means we’re looking at a very exciting future,” Mr O’Neil said.
“We’re planning to roll it out in all areas of the world, and I believe we will be able to bring in a whole host of other industries too.”
Online freelancer and founder Joe McBride said it was encouraging to hear the new tax incentives.
“With a tax incentive, I’m excited about the opportunity to get paid more, but the fact that there’s not been a big tax break for a while makes me feel a bit sad, and that’s because I work in a small firm and I know how hard it is to get that sort of income,” Mr McBride explained.
“There are many people who work in the creative industries that would love to be able not only to get income, but also be able get the kind of creative experience that they want to have, and not just get that through their own skills but through the expertise that they’ve built up in other creative