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21 March 2019

Capital Gains Tax Changes

HMRC have recently introduced several revisions to the capital gains tax (CGT) rules. An outline of the main changes is below.
Personal taxes Property Technical updates
21 March 2019

Structures and Buildings Allowances - Publication of Draft Legislation

A new Structures and Buildings Allowance (SBA) was announced in the Autumn Budget 2018, at which time a Technical Note was published setting out in some detail what was proposed. Since then, HMRC have been in discussions with various interested parties, and as a result there have been some small changes to the proposed relief. HMRC have now published draft legislation…
Business taxes Property Technical updates
21 March 2019

Demergers - Liquidation Reconstruction under s 110 Insolvency Act 1986

Companies are increasingly turning to demergers as a method of separating out various parts of a business. The decision to split off a trade or subsidiary from a company or group may be undertaken for a multitude of reasons including streamlining operations, ring-fence liabilities, succession planning or shareholder disputes. There are three broad routes to carrying…
Business taxes Technical updates
19 March 2019

Demergers - The Statutory Route

Businesses use demergers as a method of separating out various parts of a business. The decision to split off a trade or subsidiary from a company or group may be undertaken for a multitude of reasons including streamlining operations, asset protection, succession planning or shareholder disputes. There are three broad routes to carrying out a demerger: The statutory…
Business taxes Technical updates
06 March 2019

The UK Hybrid Mismatch Rules

The hybrid mismatch rules are aimed at counteracting tax mismatches where the same item of expenditure is deductible in more than one jurisdiction or where expenditure is deductible but the corresponding income is not fully taxable (or the income is taxed at a beneficial rate or is deferred to a future period). The rules were introduced in response to the OECD’s base…
Business taxes Technical updates
25 February 2019

EIS and SEIS

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) are designed to help businesses raise finance by offering investors generous tax breaks. These schemes are particularly popular with new companies as they help attract investors. While the tax relief for investors is extremely beneficial, ensuring that all the conditions to qualify…
Business taxes Personal taxes Technical updates
22 January 2019

French Tax Data Card 2019

Please download the pdf to view the French Tax Data Card 2019.
Tax data card Technical updates
18 January 2019

Trading with the EU after a "No Deal" Brexit

The Withdrawal Agreement, which was roundly rejected by Parliament on 15 January 2019 following agreement in principle with the European Union on 25 November 2018, provides that VAT and customs processes in relation to trade between the UK and the EU will not immediately change when the United Kingdom leaves the EU at 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019. The Agreement envisages…
Business taxes Personal taxes VAT Technical updates
03 December 2018

The Taxation of Trusts Consultation

HMRC recently published a new consultation ‘The Taxation of Trusts: A Review’ considering whether the current system for taxing trusts meets the key principles of transparency, fairness, neutrality and simplicity. The consultation covers the three direct taxes which apply to trusts: income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax. The consultation had been trailed in…
Inheritance tax Personal taxes Trusts & Estates Technical updates
22 November 2018

Making Tax Digital for VAT

This update concerns the significant changes to the timing and scope of Making Tax Digital (‘MTD’). For more detailed background information, please see our MTD March 2017 and July…
Business taxes Compliance Personal taxes Technology VAT Technical updates
07 November 2018

VAT Mini One Stop Shop - Upcoming changes

Since 1 January 2015 businesses supplying digital services (telecommunication services, radio and TV broadcasting services and electronically supplied services) to non-business customers have been liable to account for VAT in the country where the customer belongs. These sales are referred to as sales to consumers or B2C sales. There is no de minimis threshold, meaning…
VAT Technical updates
02 November 2018

Charities SORP Update Bulletin 2

The Charity Commission published their second Update Bulletin on 5 October. The amendments apply to all charities for reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019, except for the clarifying amendments which are applicable from the publication date. Early adoption is permitted, but all changes will need to be adopted at once. Note that the published SORP FRS…
Charity Technical updates