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Why The Beatles' legacy lives on… in tax

30 January 2019

While at one time it may have been socially acceptable to be seen to be diddling the taxman, paying high rates of tax is now seen as a badge of honour with the top taxpayers being feted for their contributions to the Exchequer.

Can retrospective taxation ever be justified?

05 October 2018

In an ever-changing tax landscape, some may think that the goal posts move frequently. Despite all these changes taxpayers and businesses adapt and apply the current taxation rates in each year. But what about retrospective taxation, and can this ever be justified?

Could an increase in stamp duty for non-UK residents work in practice?

03 October 2018

There’s a world of difference between a headline-grabbing announcement and a workable piece of tax law. We look at the issues which have to be addressed if the proposal is to stand any chance of working.

Different VAT rates for online and physical retailers

30 August 2018

A report this week from one of the UK's largest property consultancies suggests creating a two-tier VAT system for online and physical retailers in order to halt the decline of the UK high street. But just how feasible would this be?

Are you sleepwalking into a tax charge on your pension pot?

28 August 2018

Exceeding your Pension Lifetime Allowance can be very costly, and for many it comes as a nasty surprise; but more and more people are facing a significant tax charge. Could complicated pension rules be tripping up individuals?

Funding care – will the proposed Care ISA solve the crisis?

23 August 2018

Our social care system is in crisis and the solution it desperately needs is long overdue. But is an Inheritance Tax (IHT) exempt ISA the answer?

Surprise extension to the childcare voucher scheme
Jackie Hall

25 April 2018

In a surprise move, the Government has announced an extension of the existing childcare voucher (CCV) scheme, which will now remain open to new entrants until October 2018. The Government rolled out its new Tax-Free Childcare scheme earlier this year, but it is thought that concerns over the operation of the new scheme may be behind the extension.

The BBC and personal service companies

29 March 2018

The question of BBC pay, and more generally the role of personal service companies remains a controversial topic. After the widely reported IR35 case involving BBC presenter Christa Ackroyd, attention moved to the House of Commons where a number of BBC presenters gave evidence before the Digital Culture Media and Sport select committee.

Tax efficient investments
Karen Clark

01 March 2018

Generous tax reliefs are available through the use of individual savings accounts and through investment in private companies.

Act now if you want to pay your tax by credit card RSM warns
Karen Clark

04 January 2018

RSM is advising taxpayers wishing to pay their tax by credit card to act now before HMRC stops accepting personal credit card payments.

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