02 December 2019
At its height in December 2017, bitcoin reached a value of over $19,000, only to trade for under $4,000 for much of early 2019. It is not an exaggeration to say that cryptocurrency fortunes were made and lost over this period, and cryptocurrencies are now a fact of investment life. Aside from obvious concerns about volatility and which option to back, ‘crypto’ creates administrative challenges for trustees and company directors. For example, consider two areas: tax treatment and money-laundering.
19 October 2019
Many businesses and individuals are receiving letters from HMRC requesting detailed information about subjects ranging from rental accommodation to the employment status of contractors. What’s going on, and how should you respond?
08 August 2019
The Government has issued a consultation paper on their proposals to charge an extra 1 per cent stamp duty land tax (SDLT) for non-resident purchasers of residential property. Find out how this could affect you.
18 May 2019
RSM is not immune to the general public excitement about a new royal baby, but aside from speculating about gender, names and birthing methods, our minds have turned towards thinking about the tax status of the new seventh in line to the throne.
24 April 2019
In March 2013, HMRC published a policy paper on offshore tax evasion, entitled ‘No safe havens’. The world today looks very different to 2013 and HMRC has published its updated policy accordingly, imaginatively rebranded as ‘No Safe Havens 2019’.
24 April 2019
A consultation document was released on 1 April with the Government’s proposed changes to private residence relief (PRR) following announcements in the 2018 Budget. The changes affect periods during which a home owner was not living in the property, reducing the amount of tax relief currently available.
09 March 2019
HMRC estimates that up to 50,000 individuals will become liable to pay income tax and National Insurance contributions on 5 April 2019 on outstanding loans related to employee and contractor ‘loan schemes’, involving employee benefit trusts and similar arrangements.
09 March 2019
At its height in December 2017, bitcoin reached a value of over $19,000, only to then fall in value within a couple of months to under $7,400. At the time of writing, bitcoin is trading at a value of around $3,700. Given this volatility, many people have made substantial gains on cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, while others have made significant losses.
29 October 2018
There have been a handful of announcements affecting taxing your home, some good, and some bad. These cover rental, sales, stamp duty and inheritances, but for most people the effects will be very limited.
24 September 2018
HMRC have just published updated guidance on the subject of the situs of ‘specialty debts’. This is potentially important for any non-UK company or trust that is owed money and could have an inheritance tax impact for shareholders/settlors as well.