Pat Rabbitte, Ireland’s energy minister, has introduced a proposal to increase Irish offshore tax rates.
The proposed rules will provide a higher tax take for the state, ensuring earlier revenue from developed fields, Rabbitte said at a Dublin conference.
The proposed rules would charge taxes on a field by field basis, adjusted according to the profitability and net profits from the field.
A 5% minimum royalty tax would be imposed.
The minister said the revised rates should ensure that the rates are higher than an existing profit resource rent tax, resulting in a maximum rate of 55% for new offshore licenses.
The current maximum rate is 40%.
The existing 25% corporation tax related to petroleum production would remain unchanged.