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Weekly tax brief - 23 May 2017

23 May 2017

In this edition of RSM’s weekly round-up of the most important tax news, we cover the latest developments.

'Dementia tax' raises questions around planning

23 May 2017

The Conservative proposal regarding how to fund social care costs in the future – dubbed the ‘dementia’ tax – raises many questions, but what about future tax planning? Will this be easy to navigate? Will it bring future complexity? Or will it be too difficult to implement

After the ‘dementia tax’, will we see a land value tax?

23 May 2017

The Conservative Party manifesto promises that ‘we will work with private and public-sector house builders to capture the increase in land value created when they build’. That’s a land value tax, isn’t it?

The complex world of employment status

23 May 2017

The question of whether somebody is an employee, a worker or self-employed is not simply a matter of taxation or, conversely, purely a matter of employment rights. Status affects so many fundamental issues governing the relationship between the state, the person doing the work and the person for whom that work is done. So what’s the simple answer?

What does the new special administration regime mean for the social housing sector?
Karen Spears

22 May 2017

Although the specific provisions are not yet enacted, the Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduces a new special administration regime for the social housing sector. The new regime enables the courts to appoint an insolvency practitioner if a registered provider becomes insolvent.

UK Manufacturing Monitor 2017

22 May 2017

Our 2017 Manufacturing UK monitor report explores the key issues manufacturers face in this time of unprecedented change. Download this report to see what our clients had to say.

FRC letter to investors highlighting recent changes and developments in reporting
Danielle Stewart OBE

The FRC has published an open letter to users of the financial statements in advance of the 2017 shareholder meeting season to help investors understand their suggested strategy.

FRC enquiries concerning company reports and accounts
Danielle Stewart OBE

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published revisions to the Conduct Committee’s operating procedures for reviewing corporate reporting, effective 1 April 2017.

Myth four: R&D tax relief is only for companies that employ people in white coats
Sheetal Sanghvi

18 May 2017

Find out why tax relief is available to any company that is involved in scientific and technological problem solving not just men in white coats and why you shouldn’t assume that your business isn’t undertaking R&D.

Myth three: HMRC will start a tax investigation into all our tax affairs if we make a claim
James Tetley

18 May 2017

Businesses are naturally concerned that an R&D claim could trigger a tax investigation. But this really isn’t the case. Learn why a collaborative approach with HMRC really works and helps build a better long term relationship.