Employee shareholder status (ESS) shareholders hate corporate restructuring!

Background ESS was an arrangement under which employees entered into agreements to vary their employment rights in consideration for the receipt…

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Lower SDLT for mixed use properties

The issue With more people looking to escape to the country,  we have been seeing more clients who purchase rural properties…

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Tax-efficient university fees

The issue University fees and living costs can come to £20,000 per annum. As students are generally too busy working hard…

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Dodgy excuses and expense claims

Excuses Every year, following the 31 January self-assessment (SA) deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) receives a number of interesting excuses…

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The new improved Substantial Shareholdings Exemption

The Substantial Shareholdings Exemption (‘SSE’) was introduced in 2002 as part of the government’s drive to make the UK a better…

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Heterosexual men marry for tax reasons!

As reported in the news last week, two Irish men have married in Dublin to avoid paying €50,000 in inheritance tax…

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Take care when mixing EIS with EMI

EMI schemes Incentivising key employees by giving them an equity interest in the company not only makes sense from a motivational…

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Consider ten year tax spreading when accounting treatment changes

The issue For periods commencing on or after 1 January 2015 UK medium and large companies were not permitted to prepare…

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Watch out for long warranty periods in deals!

The issue Nearly all business sales will include warranties. A warranty broadly means that a seller states that something is or…

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Capital allowances on websites

The issue Website costs can be significant and are often capitalised in a company’s accounts. Traditionally HMRC has viewed such capital…

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