Change in tax basis periods for the self-employed

The issue On 20 July 2021, the government announced a consultation (with draft legislation) for reforming the basis period system for…

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More ways to ‘Skinner’ capital gain

The issue HMRC have recently successfully appealed a decision of the First Tier Tribunal in respect of a trust’s ability to…

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Don’t forget about Multiple Dwellings Relief claw-back

Background The issue The valuable stamp duty land tax (SDLT) relief know as Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR) is relatively well known…

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Tax and the cladding scandal

Background Last month marked four years since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, where 72 people lost their lives.  The disaster exposed the…

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Don’t forget research and development (R&D) capital allowances!

The issue R&D tax credits have been around for over 20 years now.  However, many people are unaware that the regime…

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How will tax rates on pensions compare to dividends?

The issue Broadly speaking, company shareholders have the option of extracting profits as either a dividend or a pension contribution (once…

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Spouse rules for the 2% SDLT surcharge

In this week’s Tax Bite we discuss some of the nuances of the spouse rules contained within the new non-resident SDLT…

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Capital loss for lost deposits?

The issue One issue which sadly crops up  sometimes is the question of whether tax relief can be claimed on a…

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A discovery cannot get too long in the Tooth

The issue On 14 May the Supreme Court finally stuck a dagger in the concept of ‘staleness’ when applied to tax…

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Don’t fall into this SEIS trap!

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (‘SEIS’) was introduced in 2012 as the ‘younger child’ to the venture capital family, sitting alongside…

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