September Fest 2020

September Fest, one of Ireland’s most popular accounting CPD Conferences, has been completely redesigned to give you a truly unique and innovative virtual experience. Join the community and get your virtual event experience started today!

Join Us At September Fest 2020

September Fest 2020 takes your virtual event experience to the next level.

The foundation, as always, begins with Ireland’s top CPD speakers. We have hand-picked some of the most prominent names in the game and selected the topics that are most relevant to the challenges that accountants on the front-line face daily.

To this, we have added the very latest technology and virtual event delivery strategy and techniques.

The September Fest Overview:

  • 16 x 1-Hour CPD Sessions 
  • Tax Track & Technical Track
  • Exclusive Members’ Area
  • Pick ’n’ Mix The Topics of Most Interest
  •  8-hours CPD
  •  Discounted Additional Delegate Rates

September Fest is far more than a CPD event, it is an invaluable information resource which you will be able to rely on well into the future.

Your Virtual CPD Event Partners

September Fest is brought to you in association with exceptional event partners, each of whom we know, trust and recommend.

For this event, our partners have put together some additional goodies which we will share with you once registered.

At OmniPro, our core belief is simply this:

Accountants can and do change lives

And we get up every morning to bring you the tools, advice and training so that you can create an outstanding business for yourself and for your clients too.

In this way, we change lives and communities.
And we’d love to do that together with you.

September Fest - Key CPD Speakers

John Murphy
John Murphy
OmniPro Tax & Legal
Yvonne O'Sullivan - OmniPro
Yvonne O'Sullivan
Ivan Cooper
The Wheel
Patrick Fannon - RBK
Patrick Fannon
Uli Schackermann
Ulrich Schackermann
Consultus Professional Services
James Bradley
James Bradley
James Bradley & Co
Colm Owens
Mike O'Halloran
Mike O'Halloran
Mark Dyle
Mark Doyle
Doyle Keaney
Rose Tierney
Rose Tierney
Tierney Tax Consultancy
Daragh O'Shaugnessy
Daragh O'Shaughnessy
AITI, Chartered Tax Advisor
Des O'Neill
Des O'Neill
Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy
Martin J. Kelly & Co
Michael Smith - FS Taxation
Michael Smith
FS Taxation

The September Fest - Virtual Event Schedule

September Fest features 16 x 1 Hour CPD sessions delivered across 2 streams (including tax CPD and technical CPD topics). 

Registration is simple. Purchase your Event Pass, you will then be asked to choose the 8 sessions you wish to attend.

To support the event, we have developed an attendee portal which will give you access to all the September Fest features.

  • Virtual Registration
  • OmniPro Technical Drop-In Clinic
  • Event Community Forum
  • 1-to-1 Event Partner Meeting Rooms
  • Notes & Supporting Documentation Download Library
  • Advanced Speaker Question Submission

September Fest 2020 - Tuesday 29 September

Tax Stream

08:30 - 09:00 - Pre-Conference & Registration
09:00 - 09:50 - Using Tax Measures to Conserve Cash Flow and Create Opportunities in a Downturn

Speakers: John Murphy & Yvonne O’Sullivan – OmniPro


This session will look at practical ways to conserve cash and utilise the tax legislation under various tax headings to effect this. It will also cover possibly opportunities for tax planning as a result of possible depressed values.

09:55 - 10:45 - Topical VAT Issues

Speaker: Patrick Fannon – RBK

VAT is a fundamental part of not only the day-to-day reporting obligations for many businesses but also in the context of engaging in the letting, sale and acquisition of interests in property. The primary focus of this session to be provide an overview of the key provisions in respect of VAT on Immovable Property, offering accountants a knowledge and insight to support their clients in this area. The session will also separately cover an overview of topical VAT compliance matters relevant to reporting of cross border transactions.

  • Supplies of Immovable Property
  • Capital Goods Scheme
  • VAT advice on Contracts for Sale / Pre-Contract VAT Enquiries
  • Lettings of Immovable Property
  • VAT Compliance – Cross Border Transactions 
10:45 - 11:00 - Tea & Coffee Break

Speaker: James Bradley – James Bradley & Co

This session will cover the following topics:

  1. It is vital for practitioners to be aware of the different types of trusts available.
  2. Be aware of the tax consequences of these trusts 
  3. Learn ways to reduce tax exposure for all parties to the Trust
11:55 - 12:45 - Succession Planning for Owner Managed Businesses

Speaker: Mark Doyle – Doyle Keaney

Mark will present on the main succession planning tax reliefs for owner managed businesses including a review of the main conditions for relief, a number of worked examples and recent relevant Tax Appeal Commission decisions.

During this session we will examine:

    • Retirement relief and business relief
    • Work though a number of examples
    • Recent TAC cases
    • Share buybacks 
12:45 - 13:30 - Lunch
13:30 - 14:20 - Brexit Considerations and Covid-19

Speaker: Rose Tierney – Tierney Tax Consultancy

Rose Tierney will be discussing the following in this session and much more:


  • Covid-19 Temporary Measures
  • Personal Tax Residence – ROI
  • Statutory Residence – UK
  • Employer Payroll Obligations – ROI & UK
  • Employer / Employee Wage Supports
  • Brexit  – The Story so far
  • VAT & Duty Update
  • Customs and Logistics
  • Tariff Classification
14:25 - 15:15 - Tax On Property - 2020 Update

Speaker: Daragh O’Shaughnessy – AITI, Chartered Tax Advisor

The taxation of property transactions is a major financial concern for clients through ordinary and extraordinary economic times. The automatic publication of determinations by the Tax Appeals Commission in recent years has provided an invaluable insight into Revenue’s views on some contentious matters in the area of property taxation. Through the format of reviewing some recent tax appeals cases, this presentation will provide an update on the prevailing interpretation in some areas of tax on property including:


  • The distinction between rental income and trading income from property
  • The meaning of sole or main residence
  • Allowable deductions from rental profits
  • The impact on various tax heads of changes in property law
15:15 - 15:30 - Tea & Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:20 - Update on the Wage Subsidy Schemes

Speaker: Paul Murphy – Martin J. Kelly & Co

With the recent introduction of the second major wage subsidy scheme in 6 months this seminar will bring the attendee up to date with the current live issues as they unfold. It will highlight issue that are emerging with the EWSS and issues being carried forward from the TWSS including the Revenue reconciliation project and the taxation of employees who received the subsidy.


  • Key aspects of EWSS –
  • continuous qualifying criteria review & qualifying employees
  • TWSS carry forward issues –
  • subsidy reconciliation and employer repayments
  • employee tax liabilities
  • proprietary director tax liabilities
16:25 - 17:15 - Income Tax Planning and Changes to 2019 Income Tax Return

Speaker: Michael Smith – FS Taxation

In this session, Michael Smith will cover the following topics:

  • Extract funds in a tax efficient manner
  • Pensions/RAC contributions
  • Termination payments
  • Changes to the 2019 Income Tax return
  • Income tax compliance issues
  • How completion of returns can lead to Revenue enquiries

Technical Stream

08:30 - 09:00 - Pre-Conference & Registration
09:00 - 09:50 - Charity Covid Considerations

Speaker: Ivan Cooper – The Wheel

In this session, Ivan Cooper will cover the following topics:

  • The Sector – Current Picture (size, significance, public-perceptions/trust etc)
  • Role in the provision of social services/Value of the sector – community development/empowerment
  • Risks and Opportunities to the future of the Sector
  • Impact of Covid19
  • Documents shaping the sector 2020
  • Programme for Government
09:55 - 10:45 - Effective Professional Ethics

Speaker: Ulrich Schackermann – Consultus Professional Services

In a complex world, making ethical decisions demands sound knowledge of the professional conduct requirements. The public and our clients expect that our conduct meets ethical principles. The presentation will guide you through some of the ethical prerequisites and brings you up to date with changes to the Code which came into effect recently. Sound decision making can improve client relations and reputation. Appropriate documentation provides supports in practice review.

  • Overview of part A of the Code
  • Practical application of some Fundamental Principles
  • Documentation of decisions made based on the Code’s pronouncements
  • Training, to achieve a better understanding of the Code by partners and staff
  • Responding to non-compliance with laws and regulations, section 360 of the Code
10:45 - 11:00 - Tea & Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:50 - Monitoring Visits in a Covid-19 World

Speakers: Colm Ownes & Mike O’Halloran – OmniPro

Even during the Covid-19 situation we’re facing, unfortunately compliance visits are still mandatory for both audit and non-audit firms.

Receiving notification of the monitoring visit can be a very stressful time for a firm with the fallout from Covid-19 only adding to this stress.

Firms need to pass to ensure they stay on the right side of regulation as failure to pass will attract unwanted attention from the Institute and potential regulation and disciplinary issues

Preparation is key and especially during this period of Covid-19, knowing what is involved will assist firms to prepare

During this session we’ll guide you through the changed process and cover the following topics;

  • Topic 1:                An Overview of the ‘New’ Monitoring Process;
  • Topic 2:                The Whole Firm Review Process and top whole firm issues;
  • Topic 3:                Anti-Money Laundering Review and top issues;
  • Topic 4:                Top Audit File Issues;
  • Topic 5:                The Post Monitoring Process.
11:55 - 12:45 - Solicitors Accounting & Reporting

Speakers: Colm Ownes & Mike O’Halloran – OmniPro

With continued media attention on solicitors when things go wrong, the role of the Reporting Accountant continues to come under scrutiny from both the Law Society and the various Accountancy Bodies.

With that backdrop the purpose of this session is to deal with the provisions of the solicitors accounts regulations focussing particularly on the role of the reporting accountants, to give  an insight into the types of issues that the Law Society investigating accountants encounter and identify risk factors when  reporting on solicitors accounts.

This session will cover the following:

  • The Legislative Requirements – Solicitors Accounts Regulations 2014
  • The Law Society Accountants Report & Reporting of Breaches of the SARs
  • Planning a Solicitors Engagement & the Requirements of the Reporting Accountant;
  • The Law Societies Role & Issues arising on Inspections;
  • Problem or Risk areas & upcoming changes.
12:45 - 13:30 - Lunch
13:30 - 14:20 - AML - Including Recent Legislative Updates and COVID-19 Considerations

Speakers: Mike O’Halloran & Colm Owens – OmniPro

This session will focus on a review of the impact of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2018, incorporating:

  • Practical advice and guidance for MLROs
  • Business Risk Assessments and how to prepare this
  • The components of good Customer Due Diligence- how to assess clients as low/medium/high risk
  • Politically exposed persons and enhanced procedures
  • Guidance for firms when they encounter suspicious activity
  • How and when professional privilege can be used
  • Recent legislative updates including changes to the reporting regime
  • Update on topical issues such as COVID-19 and AML directives to be implemented
14:25 - 15:15 - The Built to Sell Strategy for Accountants

Speakers: Des O’Neill – OmniPro

With the Cornoavirus crisis ongoing currently you may not be thinking about selling your firm, but whether you are a new start-up firm, a well established firm or someone who is looking at considering your exit options this webinar is for you. None of us are going to last forever and everyone who starts a business needs to have an exit plan. Even if you never want to exit building a saleable firm means you are building a more profitable and less stressful business. Who does not want that?

Right now the world is changing, the business world is changing and the accounting business world is changing. Coronavirus has given us the opportunity to make changes in a way that is not possible in “normal” times. Now is the time to look at what you really want in your business, what your non-negotiables are and make the changes. The Built to Sell Strategy is the corner stone of every businesses strategy.

In this webinar we look at what the components and characteristics of a saleable business and the 7 steps for you to follow to build your business to make it a scaleable cash generating asset. These steps include:

  1. Developing Products or Services with the Potential to Scale
  2. Identifying Ideal Customers to Buy those Products and Services
  3. Creating a Positive Cashflow Cycle
  4. Building a Team
  5. Developing a System to Deliver the Result
  6. Develop a Single Focus Growth and a Sales Process
  7. Incentive Scheme for Senior Team Members

If nothing else right now who doesn’t want a positive cashflow cycle? 

Join Des O’Neill for this fast paced practical and informative session to start the process of building an easier more profitable business.

15:15 - 15:30 - Tea & Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:20 - KnowledgeHUB - Top Technical Issues Autumn 2020

Speakers: John Murphy, Colm Owens, Mike O’Halloran, Yvonne O’Sullivan & Lisa Cosgrave – OmniPro

This session will cover the following technical issues:

  • Form 11 for 2019 – Directors salaries on an earned basis – payments after year end – How to practically apply & what to document
  • Some of the CRO changes over the past couple of months – share redemptions etc.;
  • Documenting ex-gratia payments where voluntary strike off route is taken
  • Accounting for share for shares.  What to watch between the two accounting standards – FRS 105/102.  Whether the FRS 102 follows Company law get outs. Our preference on the route to take and why
  • What are the implications for Irish and UK auditors in a post BREXIT world
  • Auditing Financial Statements where a Revenue Audit is ongoing
  • Acting as a company secretary through a company secretarial company
  • Changes in professional appointments, fee issue and books and records etc.
  • Proprietary Directors – Post Year End Bonus / Salary
16:25 - 17:15 - Current Financial Reporting Issues - FRS 102, S.1A FRS 102 and FRS 105

Speaker: John Murphy – OmniPro

This session will cover real life queries and issues that we are getting asked by Accountants in practice as well as various issues that are being identified by monitors.

September Fest 2020 - CPD Event Pass

Registering for September Fest couldn’t be more straightforward. Purchase your Event Pass and we will then issue your Session Selection Form so that you can choose your 8 preferred sessions from the 16 available.

We are offering all additional delegate seats at a rate of €150 each. If you want you and your team to hit the ground running, simply select the number of additional delegates you would like to attend at checkout, and we will be in contact for their details.

September Fest 2020

Access to any 8 of the Conference Sessions
  • 8 CPD Sessions (From 16 Available)
  • PIck 'n' Mix from Tax & Technical Sessions
  • Access Digital Note Packs (8 Sessions)
  • 8 Hours CPD

If you are an OmniPro CPD Club 2020 Member, please click here to register you place on September Fest 2020.

It Is Not Just About You Though - Your Membership Will Help Others

We are proud to be part of the B1G1 Business For Good Programme. Contribution is a core value that we treasure. We believe that business has the power and responsibility to make a difference in the world. Now, through B1G1, together, we can work to create lasting change in the world.

On behalf of every member who registers for The Irish Accounting & Tax Summit, we will provide ongoing funding to female entrepreneurs in Zambia to help them lift their family out of the cycle of poverty through the provision of mentoring and support. 

We don’t just talk about accountants changing the world. We make sure it happens. Your CPD will make a real difference to people who need it the most.