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How tax returns can reduce your bills

18 July 2020

Preparing a tax return is an unfortunate fact of life that many of us put off for as long as possible. This year, however, filing a self-assessment return early could generate some important cashflow advantages.

Disposals of homes delayed by coronavirus may mean tax and SDLT relief is lost
Adrian Benosiglio

17 June 2020

Has your house purchase stalled because of the coronavirus pandemic? There are two reliefs available to buyers of new homes, which could result in significant savings.

Making lemonade: How to take advantage of weak markets

19 May 2020

The sharp drop in asset values caused by the coronavirus crisis may represent an opportunity to reorganise your wealth in a way that could benefit you and your families significantly in the long term.

Loan charge review - what should you do now?

26 February 2020

The loan charge is an anti-avoidance measure to counter ‘disguised remuneration’ schemes where individuals were paid in the form of loans, replacing all or part of their salary.

2019/20 year-end tax planning considerations

26 February 2020

Taking simple and effective actions now could result in significant reductions to your 2019/20 and future personal tax liabilities. The next Budget is on 11 March 2020; although the Conservative manifesto ruled out increases to income tax, VAT or national insurance, could tax increases be made in disguise?

Cryptocurrency - tax and governance of the new financial frontier

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.

A nudge in the right direction?

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?

Government proposes a 1 per cent increase in stamp duty land tax for non-resident buyers of residential property
Adrian Benosiglio

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.

Royal baby news!

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.

‘No safe havens’ – HMRC’s offshore tax avoidance strategy

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’.

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