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Cunningham Coates news

Wednesday, 27 November 2013
These costly changes relate to the increase in the personal allowance to £10,000 (costing £1bn), the introduction in the married couples allowance (cost around £600m) and a new allowance on national insurance worth £2,000 for all employers (£1.2bn).
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Non-UK residents who visit the UK must keep careful records of the dates of their visits to this country, as demonstrated by two recent cases*.  The outcome of the cases was largely influenced by the quality of record keeping made by the individuals concerned. Taken together, just over £6millon of tax was in dispute. [Rumbelow & Anor v. Revenue & Customs 2013 UK FTT 637, Glyn v. Revenue & Customs 2013, UK FTT 645].
Thursday, 21 November 2013
The rumour mill has started working at full tilt ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 5 December. One rumour concerns the possible widening of the scope of capital gains tax (CGT) to cover gains made by non-UK residents on the disposal of property in UK.
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Andrew Sykes becomes Chairman of the BoardDavid Cobb and Kevin Stoppsare named Co-Chief ExecutivesAs part of planned changes in Smith & Williamson’s senior management team, David Cobb and Kevin Stopps are appointed Co-Chief Executives of Smith & Williamson Holdings Limited, with effect from 27 September 2013. At the same time, Andrew Sykes becomes Chairman of the Board.
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) was introduced in 2012/13 to encourage investors to support start-up and early stage businesses, and there is still an opportunity to shelter full capital gains taxable in 2012/13. Gains up to £100,000 for the 2012/13 tax year can be sheltered by making SEIS investments before 5 April 2013. In addition a SEIS investment made in 2013/14 can be carried back and treated as a 2012/3 investment provided the maximum is not exceeded.
Thursday, 21 March 2013
It has been common practice for businesses – particularly owner-managed, entrepreneurial, farms and family-owned business – to fund investment into the business by a loan against the family home or other personal assets.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
The chancellor’s statement today has included, as expected, an announcement that there will be a consultation document on the taxation of partnerships:
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
“The UK public sector net debt is forecast to worsen from 71.8% of GDP in 2011-12 to a peak of 85.6% of GDP in 2016-17 according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The net debt forecasts have deteriorated since the last Autumn Statement. This follows the sharp reduction in the real GDP growth forecasts from 1.2% to 0.6% in 2013 and from 2.0% to 1.8% in 2014,” said Michael Quach, investment strategist at Smith & Williamson, as an initial comment on UK Budget 2013.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
With very little cash to give away, there was some good news for entrepreneurs and individuals alike.Significant changes have taken place to assist home buyers to get on and move up the property ladder, at least when the home is worth less than £600,000. The Government will provide a loan for 20% of the cost for purchasers of new build housing. The Government will also guarantee mortgages where the borrower meets certain credit worthiness tests but has an insufficient deposit.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Richard Mannion, national tax director at Smith & Williamson, considers what is most likely to come up in the 2013 Budget