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'Change is coming, whether you like it or not' – Greta Thunberg

12 February 2020

In October 2018, the Chancellor unexpectedly announced the ending from April 2020 of Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA) for energy- and water-efficient plant and machinery. With the deadline fast approaching there is still time for businesses to benefit from this valuable relief. But is this really the end of tax relief for energy efficiency?

When petrol and diesel cars are banned, what will replace fuel duty?

12 February 2020

Last week, the Government announced its plans to bring forward the ban on the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by five years to 2035. The move will lead to a corresponding decrease in fuel duty receipts, so what will replace the current system?

It feels as though the new road tax on motorhomes has been driven by too much Top Gear

05 February 2020

The Government is proposing a 700 per cent increase in road tax for motorhomes, but there is little to back it up from a tax or environmental perspective and it would leave a damaged manufacturing industry behind.

Two simple tax changes could help the government meet its climate change targets

18 December 2019

Reports that the new UK government will create an energy and climate change department to lead the way in tackling the climate emergency got us thinking. In the first weeks of this new government, are there any simple tax changes which would help the UK meet its climate change targets?

Graham Steele

Partner

Graham is a tax partner and leads RSM’s North West region innovation reliefs team.

James Watters

Associate Director

James is an employment and expatriate taxes specialist with significant industry experience within FTSE100 and FTSE250 businesses. He is experienced in all areas of employment and expatriate taxes compliance, planning and employee reward matters.

Jennifer Mansoor

Manager

Jennifer is an experienced employment solicitor who helps businesses with people management, assisting clients with complex issues involving their people and implementing a solution in accordance with clients’ objectives.

Jack Deal

Associate Director

Jack works with independent businesses in the East of England, providing commercial and strategic advice and coordinating RSM’s wide ranging service offerings. Jack is based in RSM’s Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge offices and joined the firm as a school leaver in 2007.

Tax system needs total overhaul to meet net zero carbon aspirations

29 August 2019

On 27 June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. Tax will have a major role to play, but incentives are in a mess so the system will need a fundamental overhaul to even come close to meeting the net zero aspirations.

Does the Macron/Trump agreement spell the end for UK’s tax on big tech companies?

28 August 2019

Faced with the demise of the traditional High Street and the rise of big tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, the UK government has been planning a digital services tax to level the playing field. Will France’s commitment to, if necessary, refund part of its digital services tax scupper the UK’s efforts?

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