Let's say you start a sole trader business in Ireland (year 2022) and you invest €0 into the business.
It goes well and you make €1,000,000 within the first year.
You decide to expand your business and there is going to be a business expense of €1,000,000 to rent out office space.
This means your net profit for the year is €0, meaning you pay no taxes.
However, let's imagine that you actually decide to wait until January 31st 2023 before renting out this new office space.
This happens to just barely pass the tax year boundary.
Must you suddenly pay income tax on this €1,000,000 (which is roughly 50% in Ireland or €500,000)?
Do you now have to get a loan of €500,000 to afford these office premises for the next year?
Or is there a way of holding money across the tax year to cover a future business expense, as to not pay tax on this?
Similarly, what happens if you hold this business capital in the form of some other asset, not money? Could you buy an asset before the tax year ends and sell it afterwards to avoid this tax?