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Chancellor sticks his head in the sand on pensions

Matthew Brown, Private Client Partner at Thomas Miller Investment, comments on changes around pensions rules in the Autumn Statement We had a new Chancellor at the despatch box today, and like his predecessors he couldn’t resist tweaking the pensions’ rules.  What is revealing though is that he has all but ruled out tackling the state […]

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Autumn Statement – Scrap the taper

Ian Price, Divisional Director for Pensions and Consultancy at St. James’s Place, explains why he supports revoking the pensions taper.  Last month, the government scrapped George Osborne’s blueprint for a second-hand annuity market, following concerns about consumer protection. Now there are calls for the new chancellor, Philip Hammond, to overturn some of his predecessor’s other […]

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Autumn Statement wish list: SMEs will lose out on R&D relief if anomaly isn’t removed

Chancellor should extend R&D tax credits to include enterprises part-owned by large companies ahead of his upcoming Autumn Statement, urges Andy England, partner at Menzies LLP: “Although the current R&D tax credit system is very generous, the Chancellor should consider removing the anomaly that reduces the tax relief where an SME company is part-owned by […]

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Introduction of progressive Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) instead of the proposed mansion tax would be a fairer move for the Chancellor in his upcoming Autumn Statement, says Stephen Hemmings, director at Menzies LLP:

“The Chancellor should consider including proposals for a progressive Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rate system to replace the proposed mansion tax. It would be good to see the introduction of a hybrid SDLT system with progressive rates up to £2 million and the highest charge for properties above £2 million. This would be fairer […]

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Hargreave Hale comments on Autumn Statement ban on VCT enhanced share buy-backs

Oliver Bedford, manager of the Hargreave Hale AIM VCTs, comments on the ban on enhanced share buy-backs announced in this year’s Autumn Statement: “When correctly delivered, enhanced share buy-backs help VCTs deliver investment capital to small British companies on an on-going basis.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t always been the case, resulting in this unfortunate but necessary […]

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Surprises for business partnerships and homeowners in the Autumn Statement – comment from Menzies LLP

Catherine Heyes, senior tax manager at Menzies LLP, comments on some of the more surprising tax measures announced in today’s Autumn Statement: Business partnerships put under pressure while waiting for major announcement “The long anticipated changes to taxation in business partnerships were not revealed– we will have to wait until 10 December to find out what these […]

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Robin King, Move with Us, comments on the 2013 Autumn Statement

Robin King, Director of Move with Us, the residential property experts, comments on the 2013 Autumn Statement: New housing “The problem in the housing market is lack of supply. Although the government has gone part way to addressing this by providing a £1bn fund to unlock housing developments, predominantly in Manchester and Leeds, it is unlikely that […]

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Autumn Statement: Supply chain help a positive signal to manufacturers – Comment from Durham University Business School

Autumn Statement: Supply chain help a positive signal to manufacturers – Comment from Durham University Business School

In response to a line in the Autumn statement indicating that the Government will provide £120 million to the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, Dr Christos Tsinopoulos, Senior Lecturer in Operations & Project Management at Durham University Business School says: “Initiatives that are aimed at supporting the UK’s supply chain are always welcome.  The devil […]

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Autumn statement a mixed bag for small businesses

Autumn statement a mixed bag for small businesses

George Osborne indicated in today’s Autumn statement that it was his intention to support small business. Simon Massey, Tax Partner at Menzies LLP, has made the following observations on his success on that point: Reducing pension contribution tax relief from £50K to £40K is another blow to business owners George Osborne indicated that 99% of […]

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