Eight new freeports offering significant tax incentives will start operating across England by the end of 2021. ICAEW’s Tax Faculty is hosting a free webinar for its members outlining the potential benefits and pitfalls for businesses.
In the 2021 Budget, the Chancellor announced the locations of eight freeports that would be opened before the end of the year, including in Teesside, Plymouth, Liverpool and the East Midlands.
These secure customs zones are located around ports (sea or air) and operate different customs rules to the rest of the UK. Such zones enable governments to offer customs benefits and tax incentives to businesses to encourage economic growth in specific areas.
Although the UK has previously had some freeports, now that UK has left the EU, the government has greater freedom to design the scheme and make the tax incentives more attractive.
In the new iteration of freeports, each site can have a diameter of 45km and can include up to three tax sites within which businesses are eligible for a number of tax incentives.
To find out more and to pose your questions about freeports to the Tax Faculty, register to attend the webinar which will be broadcast live at 12:00 on 12 August.
- Register to attend the webinar (free to Tax Faculty members and Faculties Online subscribers)
- The plan for UK freeports (TAXline, June 2021).
- UK manufacturers operating within freeports could face tariffs (12 May 2021)
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- Subscribe to Faculties Online
Join Richard Jones and Frank Haskew of ICAEW's Tax Faculty as they investigate the valuable tax incentives and customs benefits available to businesses operating in Freeports, as well as the risks and pitfalls that businesses should watch out for.
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