Weekly tax brief | 20 April 2021

Is the UK government rethinking its stance on green taxes?
Sheena McGuinness
In 2019, the UK committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It is important that the government uses all the levers available to it, of which tax is a powerful example, to drive positive behaviours and focus revenue-raising tax changes in areas which will also help the UK to reach its ambitious net-zero target. But how successful has the government been?

Want to pay more tax? The government will make it easy for you
George Bull
As the UK economy begins to recover from the pandemic, some wealthy individuals are offering to pay more tax as an expression of their patriotic duty and concerns about social inequality. If they are sincere, there’s good news for them: the government makes it easy for people to make voluntary donations. We explain how.

CJRS: As easy as 1,2,3?
Susan Ball
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now run until 30 September 2021. The new guidance published means that, in order to claim correctly from 1 May, you need to know whether your employees are group 1, 2 or 3.

Thinking of letting your employees work from abroad? Consider the legal and tax implications
Jackie Hall
Many employees are more than happy to continue working from home where possible, even after coronavirus restrictions are eased. If it’s possible to work from home, why not work from anywhere in the world? While the prospect of being able to work from warmer and sunnier climes is attractive to many employees, cross-border working raises legal and tax issues which need careful consideration.

Time for a change, but will one size fit all?
Sarah Saunders
The Government is proposing radical root-and-branch change to the tax administration system. This plan has huge potential, but what do they need to do to produce a bold new world of tax that works for all?