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Will Inheritance Tax Be Simplified

An announcement to listen out for in the Spring 2020 Budget is whether the Chancellor acts on the recommendations of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) regarding inheritance tax (IHT). As reported in a previous article, the OTS suggested simplifying IHT on lifetime gifts including reducing the period of potential exemption from 7 to 5 […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

Possible U-Turn On Pensions For High Earners?

There have been many stories in the press about GPs and senior hospital doctors refusing to take on extra shifts and additional responsibilities due to the additional tax they are required to pay on the extra pension contributions paid by the NHS. A number of solutions have been put forward. There are now strong rumours […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

Changes To Disguised Remuneration Loan Charge

The independent loan charge review, conducted by Sir Amyas Morse, was published on 20 December, having been delayed due to the general election. The loan charge was introduced to collect tax from individuals who had benefited from schemes devised to avoid PAYE and National Insurance. The date that the loan was made to the individual […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

Review Of Off-Payroll Working Rules

In January the Government launched a four-week review of the changes to IR35 “off-payroll” working rules scheduled to come into force in April, as the result of mounting criticism about the way they will operate. The review is scheduled to conclude by mid-February and will see the Government hold a series of meetings with stakeholders […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

Budget Day Is 11 March

The December General Election meant that the Autumn Budget was delayed. We now know that Sajid Javed will deliver his first Budget on the second Wednesday in March which is when Budget day used to be! We are expecting that the tax measures in the Conservative Party manifesto will be announced again, together with confirmation […]

Read more February 10th, 2020

Do You Have A Business will?

For business owners, the opportunity to continue their legacy after death is a major issue both from the point of view of preserving assets which they have built up and the emotional attachment to their company. Having a business interest or shares has a real impact on how you should organise your estate planning. We […]

Read more January 28th, 2020

Becoming A More Resilient Leader

We live in uncertain times. As such, business leaders need to be able to deal with temporary setbacks and recover quickly when things go wrong. Managers are faced with different challenges every day. These might include managing conflicts, dealing with increasing regulatory change or difficult trading conditions. Having the ability to cope effectively when under […]

Read more January 24th, 2020

Fast Followers Versus First Mover Advantage

Most of us are familiar with the term “first mover advantage” but sometimes the “fast follower” is the winner. A Fast Follower is a company that quickly imitates the innovations of its competitors by collecting research and data. By figuring out the innovations that seem to have the greatest potential, companies are able to weed […]

Read more January 23rd, 2020

The 5% VAT Rules And Reduced Rate VAT Eligibility Criteria

Firstly, to start with a common misconception, the 5% VAT rule does not mean that you can reclaim 15% VAT. Let’s start at the beginning and explain where the 5% VAT rate comes into play. You can utilise the 5% or reduced VAT rate in two situations: The conversion of premises to a different residential […]

Read more January 20th, 2020

The World Of Property And Where Are We?

So where are we in terms of the impact to the world of property? Here’s what we can expect to happen this year from a Tax and Legislation perspective:

Read more January 14th, 2020