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Weekly tax brief 31 May 2017

31 May 2017

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

Changes in inheritance tax laws encourage charitable giving

31 May 2017

Back in the March 2011 Budget, the Chancellor announced a cut in the rate of inheritance tax (IHT) for those leaving at least 10 per cent of their estate to a charity. Since then, statistics show there has been a sharp increase in the amount of charitable donations left in wills with an accompanying rise in the tax relief granted, suggesting that the policy is working as intended. Sadly though, there also seems to have been an increase in family members challenging wills where the family feel they have been disadvantaged as a result of the charitable bequests.

Don’t vilify companies claiming tax refunds

31 May 2017

One way or the other, the Court of Justice of the European Union has had a say in tax claims totalling £49bn which are now facing HMRC. Some people are critical of the companies which are legitimately claiming these amounts. But is that fair? And, after Brexit, will these claims be rejected?

Workforce challenges on the horizon
Carolyn Brown

31 May 2017

Consumer businesses in the UK are facing an uncertain and challenging time. Workforce challenges are causing a headache with the rising cost of employment, the shrinking pool of candidates due to political uncertainty, and continued scrutiny on contracts.

Staying strong for the negotiation table
Rob Donaldson

How does the negotiation process work? The way the negotiation process works is very much a team effort between us and our clients.

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?

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.

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