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Is the weaponisation of taxes here to stay?

17 July 2019

With France and the UK imposing new digital services taxes on big technology companies and the USA threatening to retaliate with import tariffs, UK and European businesses and consumers are likely to be caught in the crossfire of a trade and tax war. What’s going on?

Al Dixon

Partner

Al is a corporate tax partner with a focus on owner-managed businesses, growing companies and the mid- market. He has a passion for private businesses, partnering with the owners and leaders of businesses to help them achieve their personal and business ambitions.

Weekly tax brief | 2 July 2019

02 July 2019

In RSM’s Weekly Tax Brief, we provide our round-up of the most important tax news. And what could be more important than the climate change emergency?

Could the new tax treatment for low emission vehicles unlock pent-up demand?

02 July 2019

With costs falling, new models such as Porsche, Mini and Mercedes coming onto the market, and even James Bond rumoured to be driving an EV, the electric vehicle is fast becoming the coolest of cars to own.

Cycle to work scheme celebrates 20th anniversary

02 July 2019

In the 20 years since the Cycle to Work scheme was introduced, the scheme has involved over 40,000 employers and helped more than 1.6 million commuters pedal to work. Yet a recent IFF research report does not list it in the top five employee benefits, but workplace car parking does feature.

Labour's plan to curb global warming leaves the City cold

02 July 2019

With the odds shortening on a 2019 General Election, businesses are paying closer attention to policy announcements from the Opposition. So it was standing room only at the UK Finance HQ in London last week as John McDonnell unveiled the Labour Party's new approach to tackling climate change and supporting sustainable investment.

Act now to escape VAT hike on energy-saving materials

02 July 2019

One of the areas that Sadiq Khan has identified as part of London Climate Action Week is a renewed focus on 'clean energy and energy efficiency’. It is therefore with some sense of irony that we are reporting on VAT changes that may lead to increases in the cost of the installation of energy saving materials to some consumers. The good news is that, if you act quickly, there is still time to benefit from VAT relief on this type of work.

Muddled thinking in the UK’s approach to renewables subsidies

02 July 2019

By any standards, the UK’s approach to energy subsidies is shockingly inconsistent.

The case against renewables subsidies

02 July 2019

Supporting the renewable energy industry via blanket subsidies does not encourage the right behaviour, mindset or long-term thinking. Indeed, such subsidies may even stifle development and could give rise to ill feeling.

Climate change emergency and tax on a war footing

02 July 2019

It has been widely suggested that, in tackling a global climate emergency, nations should effectively be on a war footing. With the concept of a climate emergency gaining more and more acceptance, we thought it would be interesting to look back to the UK War Budget introduced by Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir John Simon on 27 September 1939.

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