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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?

The cost of sharing

24 January 2020

What are the tax considerations of buying a property with the support from ‘the bank of mum and dad’. In these cases, it’s easy to miss the complexities of the tax system and accidentally get things wrong.

Unreasonable excuses for late filings?

24 January 2020

The 31 January tax return deadline is coming soon. If you are due to complete a return, please bear in mind that a late return can produce painful results – regardless of the outlandish excuses provided to HMRC.

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’.

Taxing your home – proposed changes to ‘private residence relief’

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.

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