Don’t forget about employee shareholder capital gain tax exemption

Employee shareholder status (ESS) was introduced on 6 April 2013 and was a very generous employee share incentive. Broadly it involved…

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Double trouble when winding down unwanted offshore property structures

It used to be common practice for non-domiciled individuals to hold UK residential property through an offshore company. That way, a…

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Capital gains tax and stamp duty land tax (SDLT)

There seems to be quite a lot of misunderstanding about the tax implications of property exchanges. Many people appear to have…

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Why a cut in the basic rate of tax could hurt landlords

Many landlords have felt somewhat shafted by tax legislation for a while now. The restriction of tax relief on finance costs…

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Maximising Business Asset Disposal Relief – but beware the IHT!

Since the reduction of the lifetime limit to £1 million, for capital gains attracting Business Asset Disposal Relief (BADR), business owners…

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Sugar’s not so sweet tax bill

The Sunday Times recently published an article claiming that Lord Alan Sugar had tried to avoid paying £186m in tax, by…

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Use preference shares to ‘turn on’ BADR for goodwill on incorporation?

Before changes in the 2015 Finance Act, it was fairly common for sole traders and partnerships to sell their trade and…

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Should I gift my property to my company?

We were having a debate in the office this week about what is the costliest mistake that anyone had come across…

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Is it OK to breach transactions in securities legislation?

Transactions in securities legislation (TISL) has been around for a long time and the legislation has gone through some changes, most…

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Furnished holiday lets and rollover relief

The issue Furnished holiday lets (‘FHLs’) are treated more generously for tax purposes than normal residential buy-to-let properties. Specifically, a FHL…

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