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New Year, new shirts, new allowance – are retailers still scratching their heads?

15 January 2020

In October 2018, the Chancellor unexpectedly announced a brand-new capital allowance for structures and buildings, but most companies are only now starting to see its impact. Large retailers have now navigated the busy Christmas period and even busier January sales which will hopefully yield a much-needed profit boost. Will the new allowance provide a further uplift to reduce their tax bills?

Peter Williams

Partner

Peter is an indirect tax partner based in RSM’s Birmingham office. He advises corporate clients on all aspects of their VAT affairs and has extensive experience in the retail, manufacturing and leisure & hospitality sectors.

Graham Steele

Partner

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

Irfan Butt

Partner

Irfan has over 15 years' experience in taxation of pan-European real estate funds, infrastructure funds and debt funds and structuring and restructuring of inbound, outbound and pan-European investments in real estate and distressed debt portfolios. He also holds a qualification in Islamic finance and have been part of the HMT/HMRC Islamic finance working group to advise on the changes to the UK taxation rules.

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?

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.

Could tax reform save the high street?

24 May 2019

It has been hard to miss the strains that UK high street retailers have been facing. Many have called for a change in the way the retail sector is taxed, to reflect the way today’s consumers shop. The latest, and perhaps most high-profile voice calling for reform, is Tesco’s chief executive Dave Lewis. So what are the available tax policy options and how would they work?

Dougy Agnew

Partner

Dougy is a partner in our Aberdeen office , advising advising owner managed businesses on all tax issues for close to 30 years.

Duncan Nott

Partner

Duncan is a partner in our London office, helping businesses to find practical and robust solutions to their transfer pricing issues.

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