The Finance Bill also includes enhancements to the tax regime for Islamic finance.
This area of finance in Ireland, which although faith-based is not limited to Muslims, was introduced in the Finance Act 2010, and refers to financial transactions which are consistent with the principles of Islamic or Sharia law.
Under Islamic finance, the payment and receipt of interest is forbidden. Speculation is also prohibited, while investment in unethical businesses, products or services is also banned. According to the Revenue Commissioners, under Islamic finance, transactions are typically backed by or based on an identifiable and tangible underlying asset.