Guard against VAT on private school fees

The issue It is now being widely rumoured that VAT will be applied to public school fees, which is currently generally…

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SME R&D relief and private equity firms

The issue As mentioned in numerous previous tax bites, research and development (R&D) relief continues to be massively generous, particularly for…

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Are universal civil partnerships good for tax?

Following a June 2018 Supreme Court ruling allowing a mixed-sex couple to have a civil partnership, Prime Minister Theresa May has…

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2018 Autumn Budget date announced

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced this week that this year’s Budget will be brought forward to Monday, 29…

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Banking Entrepreneurs’ Relief on a dilution

The issue In Spring 2018, the Government published a consultation setting out its proposal for allowing shareholders to retain the benefit…

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Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) 3% transitional rules could be your friend

Background The 3% SDLT surcharge broadly bites when a purchaser owns more than one residential property at the end of the…

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Does home working affect Principal Private Residence Relief (PPR)?

Background There seems to be something of a ‘tax myth’ about the capital gains tax position if a home worker sells…

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Countdown to the offshore tax disclosure deadline

Urgent action to be taken You will have seen previous tax bites explaining the benefit of coming clean on any previously…

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New cash basis for landlords

As we approach the 2017/18 tax return season, it is worth recalling that it is the first tax year in which…

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When will HMRC pull their finger out on ‘phoenixing rules’?

On 25 July HMRC amended their guidance on the much maligned targeted anti-avoidance rule (or ‘TAAR’). When I heard this I…

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