The EMI legislation was introduced back in 2000 but remains a key method for trading companies or groups to recruit, retain, motivate and incentivise key directors and employees via the use of tax advantaged share options.
With the advent of the new so called ‘pension freedoms’, an increasing number of our professional and business owner clients are now looking to make much larger pension contributions, benefitting from tax relief at their marginal rates. However some clients, and it must be said some professional advisers, appear to have overlooked (or to not fully understand) the various so called ‘anti-avoidance’ measures recently introduced by HMRC, which are designed to stop what HMRC perceives as ‘abuse’ of the tax incentives, available to encourage people to make pension contributions.
In an increasingly digital world it is easy to underestimate how much we use technology. Digital tools represent a huge opportunity, if not a necessity, for all charities.
Last week Thomas Westcott delivered a series of eight seminars at venues through the South West on Making Tax Digital (MTD). During that week the government announced that, due to the general election, a slimmed down version of the Finance Bill was to be debated for one day in parliament and became enacted as the Finance Act 2017 on Thursday 27th April.
Farming profits can fluctuate quite significantly on an annual basis and the possibility of averaging profits over a two year period is a well known feature of the tax system that applies to farmers. Whilst this provision still exists, it is now possible for farmers to average their profits for a five year period.
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