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Taxing #cryptogains

June 20, 2018

The whirlwind world of cryptocurrency continues to split opinion.  Some see it as the future of trade, taking power away from governments and “the establishment”.  Others remain baffled as to how it works, its legitimacy and security, and its longevity given the established structures we have.  And for some, the terms ‘crypto’, ‘Bitcoin’, or ‘blockchain’…Read More

Down but not out: the Enterprise Management Incentives scheme lives on

May 23, 2018

After what looked like a huge bureaucratic clanger dropped by the UK government had left the future of the UK’s Enterprise Management Incentive (“EMI”) share scheme in doubt, the European Commission (“EC”) has announced the renewal of the UK’s EMI ‘licence’, confirming that the scheme can continue at least until the UK has formally left…Read More

The countdown to Making Tax Digital is on…or is it?

April 19, 2018

The 1 April marked one year until Making Tax Digital (“MTD”), the government’s flagship project for digitalising the submission of tax returns, is set to become mandatory for many VAT-registered businesses.  But with the ‘official’ Brexit date set just two days before, HMRC appear concerned that the launch of the disruptive MTD initiative could be…Read More

Demystifying Research & Development (“R&D”) Tax Relief

March 21, 2018

The most recently published government statistics show that by 30 June 2017 less than 25,000 SME (Small and medium-sized entities) R&D claims were made in respect of 2015/16. More worryingly for businesses local to Walpole Dunn, only 1,750 of these were made by SME businesses based in the South West. Many might assume that the…Read More

HMRC ruling confirms no one is immune from the IR35 legislation

February 22, 2018

Many people misunderstand the application of IR35. Some believe that it only relates to contracts of certain lengths, and others believe they have water-tight contracts that absolutely prove an engagement isn’t within IR35. The reality is, there is no such thing as ‘IR35-proof’ contracts and the legislation is applied on a per engagement basis, regardless…Read More

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