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Reform of IHT is overdue but scope of review should be widened says RSM
George Bull

31 January 2018

George Bull, senior tax partner at RSM said:‘Whatever it is, inheritance tax is not a tax on the amounts which people inherit. Instead, it is a tax on some lifetime transfers, and most bequests on death. It is high time that the purpose of IHT was reviewed. RSM therefore welcomes the proposed review of the inheritance tax regime.

HMRC announces crackdown on routine tax planning
George Bull

01 June 2016

HMRC’s latest single departmental plan has just been updated, and announces (amongst other things) plans to invest in tackling tax evasion and non-compliance, improve customer services and increase prosecutions. However, a new commitment to tackle ‘tax planning’ marks a sea-change in HMRC’s approach…

Beware Chancellors bearing Budget Day gifts warns RSM
George Bull

09 March 2016

With the referendum on the UK’s EU membership now set for 23 June, the Chancellor is coming under increasing pressure not to rock the boat with more tax hikes on Budget Day.

Tax consequences of errors in MoJ divorce form
George Bull

22 December 2015

There have been red faces all round at the MoJ following the revelation that there were errors in the online form used to calculate the financial assets of divorcing couples. One major concern is for ‘DIY’ divorcing couples who may, as a result, have to renegotiate their divorce settlements. So what are the tax implications of this embarrassing error?

When is a tax not a tax?
George Bull

01 December 2015

While the design of the UK tax system should reflect the needs of society, increasingly the more ‘traditional’ taxes are being joined by the new pretenders – the carrier bag ‘tax’ and the sugar ‘tax’ to name but two. But is it really helpful to lump all of these together and what are the implications for HMRC?

Weekly Tax Brief - 13 October 2015
George Bull

12 October 2015

Round-up of the latest tax news and developments...

So you want to be like Facebook?
George Bull

12 October 2015

This week started with Facebook getting into trouble because the corporation tax paid by its UK subsidiary, £4,327, is less than the £5,393 income tax and national insurance paid by a single person on the average wage.

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