Aviation Contractors


Shelbourne Accountants are an accredited firm of Chartered Certified Accountants based in Merrion Square, in the heart of Dublin. We are a specialised provider of accountancy and taxation services to professional contractors.

We are on hand to offer an easy explanation of the process and address any queries you may have by providing you with the best advice to suit your current position.

  • We have significant knowledge of the aviation industry

  • We are highly experienced in dealing with contractors

  • Our clients are able to maximise their tax efficiency and take home pay in accordance with the relevant European tax legislation

  • Our team is familiar with European tax compliance requirements

  • Our online portal is user-friendly and efficient, giving you access on both iOS and Android

  • Our fee structure is transparent, with a free initial consultation offered

  • We make the process of switching accounting firms easy

With over 20 years experience our proven track record guarantees a simple solution for you.

Our aviation knowledge


We know that every contractor’s situation and requirements are different. As a pilot contracted to operate within Europe there are a number of taxation and legal obligations you need to be aware of, depending on which tax jurisdiction you are based in. We understand Double Taxation Agreements (DTA) between European countries, as well as having expertise in social insurance requirements across the board. Shelbourne Accountants will ensure that you have a complete understanding of these obligations no matter where you are based.

We also have an Aviation Advisory Board – which includes a retired Irish airline CEO and a current Base Captain of one of Europe’s largest airlines – to ensure that our services are tailored exactly to our clients’ requirements.

How it works

Tax is paid through the Irish PAYE system, however social insurance is paid in the country in which you are based.

Shelbourne Accountants will set you up in a Managed Service Company, registering you as both an employee and a director of the company. This is beneficial to those working on short term contracts whose income is subject to higher tax rates. 

Shelbourne Accountants will ensure you are paying the correct social insurance in the country you are based.

Not only will we ensure you are fully compliant for taxation and social insurance purposes, we will work with you to ensure you are maximising tax efficiency and, therefore, boosting your take home pay in accordance with the relevant tax legislation.

Accessing your documentation

Our secure online portal ensures you always have access to your payslips, expenses, flying hours, along with our suite of other helpful documents and FAQs.

Available across platforms, the technology we work with is user-friendly, functional and, most importantly, it allows you convenience and flexibility. It also allows us to be pro-active, not reactive, and see how we can help you become tax efficient.

Over the past two decades we have established a great reputation and cultivated excellent working relationships amongst those in the European aviation industry
— Terry Abbott

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Shelbourne Accountants

Chartered Certified Accountants

Dublin: +353 1 518 0518
Cork: +353 21 735 5747
Galway: +353 91 399 060

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