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Prime Minister’s remarks increase entrepreneurs relief concerns

By James Austen In what The Times described on Saturday as “…the clearest sign yet that the relief is going to be curtailed by Sajid Javid, the chancellor, in March”, Boris Johnson reportedly commented to a group of women entrepreneurs in his Uxbridge constituency that the Treasury is “fulminating” against Entrepreneurs Relief. The reason given […]

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By James Austen The Budget date has been confirmed as 11 March 2020, which leaves under two months for entrepreneurs and business owners to take stock of rumoured changes to the CGT regime and to take action to “lock-in” to CGT rates at their current historic low. The Government’s General Election Manifesto committed to “review […]

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By James Austen All parties have now published their election manifestos. Each contains proposals which would affect business owners and entrepreneurs. I previously predicted that altering or abolishing CGT Entrepreneurs Relief would be fairly low-risk for an incoming Chancellor of the Exchequer. It seems that is coming to pass. This update briefly summarises the key […]

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By James Austen In what is becoming a near-annual sport, there are again renewed calls for the restriction or outright abolition of CGT Entrepreneurs’ Relief. The latest high-profile support for the move comes from Sir Edward Troup, previously the head of HMRC, in response to a campaign launched by the Guardian newspaper. Such reports are always […]

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Excise Duties: 2020 State Budget (SB) Proposal

Alcohol and alcoholic beverages – Rates applicable in the Autonomous Region of Madeira The SB Proposal changes the tax rate applicable to spirits declared for consumption in the Autonomous Region of Madeira from EUR 1, 237.58/hl to EUR 1,241.29/hl. Soft Drinks – Rates The SB Proposal increases the rates applicable to soft drinks, excluding drinks […]

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By Samuel Fernandes de Almeida The United Kingdom ceased to be a Member State of the Union as of 30 January 2020, so the question arises as to the applicability of many other provisions contained in Portuguese domestic law. On the 30th of January, the United Kingdom ceased to be a member state of the […]

Coronavirus – A bug coming to your workplace soon?

By Kevin McCavish The inevitable has happened. Coronavirus has arrived in London with the first patient being diagnosed yesterday. This brings the total number of those infected in the UK by Covid-19, the official name given to the coronavirus by the World Health Organisation, to 9. In Brighton, where two GP surgeries have already closed […]

Natasha’s Law – New rules on food labelling

By Joanne Sear, CJ Ntsiu We look at the new rules on food labelling coming into force next year, and when additional information will have to be provided, particularly in relation to allergens. Background In 2016, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse suffered a severe allergic reaction after eating sesame seeds in a baguette purchased from a high street […]

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By Lynsey Robinson The FCA, ICO and FSCS have released a statement warning licensed Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) and FCA-authorised firms to be responsible when dealing with personal data. The statement highlights concerns about IPs/ authorised firms unlawfully selling personal client data to claims management companies (CMC) when acting on administrations. Under Data Protection legislation, consideration […]

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Era of borrowing ends as firms hoard cash in hand

The average level of borrowings at a cross-section of UK 200 firms fell for the first time in at least five years despite the cost of debt, often used to fund strategic goals such as office openings and lateral hires, remaining at record low levels. In 2017/18 the average amount borrowed by a representative sample […]

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