Read the Tax Faculty’s comprehensive summary of the Spring Budget 2017, covering all new announcements relating to: Making Tax Digital; business and company taxes; rates and allowances; personal and employment taxes; pensions and savings; and VAT and duties.
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Features and articles
James Moore describes the use of an earn-out in M&A transactions and highlights the risk of reclassification as earnings.
Despite Chancellor Jeremy Hunt saying it will be “virtually impossible” to cut taxes until the economic outlook improves, the deputy director and head of tax at the Institute for Fiscal Studies says it remains possible for individual taxes to be cut as early as the Autumn Statement. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Helen Miller said individual measures could be considered, such as reforming stamp duty, council tax, or increasing taxes on capital gains.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is leaving a major decision on tax cuts "to the last minute" before next month's Autumn Statement, reported the Mail on Sunday. The Chancellor has reportedly been analysing Office for Budget Responsibility figures to assess whether he has any scope to deliver cuts such as a change to stamp duty rates.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) planning is important when buying a farm or selling part of farms “tax efficiently”. SDLT has been both in the headlines and subject to mailshot by “ambulance chasing” tax advisers looking for SDLT refunds. The case of Henderson Acquisitions Ltd v HMRC  (TC8922) is an example of advisers looking for refunds of SDLT following the Bewley (TC6951) case on what qualifies as a derelict/unsuitable building and therefore be able to claim the non-residential rate of SDLT.
Investment zones were refocused at the Spring Budget 2023. They are intended to grow the economy by focusing on places with significant unmet productivity potential and building on their existing strengths. How do they compare to freeports?
The construction, maintenance and improvement of property is a key issue for almost all farmers. In this article Julie Butler considers two property related tax cases and their implications for the rural business.
The differences between how and when the higher rates apply to residential property purchases in England and Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales go beyond the rates charged. Lindsey Wicks highlights some key variations alongside planned changes in Scotland.
Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 29 March 2023, including: VAT penalty notices; the removal of the lifetime allowance; making MDR reports; Welsh Freeports; LBTT relief for green freeports; and an LBTT webinar series.
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Practical advice on stamp taxes, including stamp duty land tax (SDLT) in England or Northern Ireland, land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) in Scotland and land transaction tax (LTT) in Wales, in relation to incorporating or disincorporating a business.
A chapter discussing the tax issues to consider when incorporating a rental property business.
A chapter providing an outline of Land Transaction Tax (LTT), which applies to most transactions over land in Wales from 1 April 2018.
A chapter providing an outline of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) in Scotland.
Detailed guide to all current UK stamp taxes: Stamp Duty, Stamp Duty Reserve Tax and Stamp Duty Land Tax.
A chapter on partnerships in this annual guide for professional advisers, highlighting tax planning opportunities and potential pitfalls.
Guidance on the general rules for stamp duty land tax (SDLT), land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) and land transaction tax (LTT) and their application to the acquisition of buy-to-let property.
A chapter on the new residence rules applying to stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and non-resident purchasers in the UK and Northern Ireland from April 2021.
A representation dated 22 June 2023 to a consultation published by HMRC on 27 April 2023.
A representation dated 11 May 2023 to a consultation published by the Scottish Government on 17 March 2023.
A representation dated 4 April 2023 to a consultation published by Scottish Government on 8 February 2023.
A response dated 21 March 2022 to a consultation published by the Welsh Government on 20 December 2021.
A response dated 18 February 2022 to a consultation published by HM Revenue & Customs on 30 November 2021.
Comments made by ICAEW on 26 January 2022 in relation to the Welsh Tax Acts Etc. (Power to Modify) Bill 2022.
A response dated 15 October 2020 to a consultation published by the Welsh government on 16 July 2020.
A response dated 6 May 2019 to a consultation published by HMRC on 11 February 2019.
Some resources that we link to may pre-date the latest amendments to the relevant tax regulations. While these links contain useful information, please treat them with appropriate caution.
Information for businesses buying land or buildings in a Freeport tax site on how to qualify for SDLT relief, how much they can claim, how to claim, and examples.
Measure introduced in Budget 2021 offering full relief from SDLT on the purchase of land or property within Freeport tax sites in England, once they have been designated.
HMRC hub with links to guidance on filing SDLT returns, tax on specific transactions, stamp duty before December 2003, and exemptions.
HMRC internal manual providing guidance on SDLT, including information on reliefs and exemptions.
Authority responsible for the management and collection of Scotland's devolved taxes providing guidance on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, Scottish Landfill Tax, LBTT and leases, and Air Departure Tax.
Official information on devolved taxes in Wales with links to further guidance on and rates for Landfill Disposals Tax, Land Transaction Tax, and income tax.
Survey from property consultants Knight Frank providing an overview of the tax costs and non-tax costs for foreign investors in prime real estate across key cities around the world.
A document providing an overview of the UK tax system, describing how each of the main taxes works and setting them in historical context.
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