Joe McAvoy

Having completed a history degree at Queens University Belfast, Joe trained as a chartered accountant before taking a particular interest in the area of Irish taxation.  He worked as a tax partner in a Big 4 firm for many years before taking the decision to set up McAvoy as a specialist advisory firm in 1997. 

Joe has contributed articles to both the major professional journals and the popular press on a variety of taxation topics and is a frequent speaker at taxation and investment seminars. For several years, he was a co-author of “Irish Income Tax”, the leading authority on Irish income tax, and before that authored “Irish Transfer Pricing” for the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation.

Areas of expertise

• Tax-Effective Disposals and Acquisitions of Business

• The transfer of assets within families

• Tax Disputes with Revenue

• Business Structuring and Restructuring

Client work includes

Joe advises businesses and private clients on all areas of tax law. The work that he has done includes advising on: 

• The demutualisation of a life insurance company

• Defending the transfer pricing practices of an Irish group of companies

• The creation of exit strategies for a variety of majority shareholders in Irish private companies

• The transfer of assets from one generation of a family to succeeding generations

• The restructuring of companies prior to their sale to third parties

• The resolution of disputes with Revenue

Our Directors

Stephanie Kirby, tax director
Business Advisory

“I’ve relied on Joe McAvoy and his team at McAvoy & Associates for corporate tax advice for over 20 years and throughout that time they have provided me with excellent and timely advice on matters as diverse as corporate reorganisations, business hive-downs and share sales. I can’t recommend them more highly”.

Pat Kerr

Finance Direcor Of Anecto

“From the moment we engaged with McAvoy & Associates, over fifteen years ago, we have had the peace of mind that all is in order. Their efficiency, sound advice, experience and forward-thinking has been invaluable to our business and always so accessible to us. Joe, Shane and all the team certainly go above and beyond their remit and definitely get our seal of approval.”

John & Deirdre Murphy

Murphy's Pharmacy, Midleton

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to express my appreciation of McAvoy’s. First, for personal tax advice, I felt Joe McAvoy took a really genuine interest in understanding me as a client, my character and lifestyle. I trusted his grounded wisdom, and thus his expertise.

Shane Caroll then helped us to sell the family business. He was exemplary. His positive and non-combative approach proved to be an understated yet highly effective negotiating tool and he accomplished the sale with good humour on all sides: a win-win situation.

This was particularly important because at this precise time my husband was in hospital with heart surgey. McAvoys, through Shane, gave us a level of moral support which went far beyond the call of duty. We will always appreciate their genuine service to their clients.”

Sue McWilliam

Previous Owner Of McWilliam Sailmaker