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  • Failing to prevent tax evasion is now an offence

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    Date: 21 July 2017

    Philippa Roles considers the new provisions making companies and partnerships liable to criminal charges if a person associated with them knowingly or unknowingly facilitates tax evasion by another person and they did not have sufficient procedures in place to prevent that facilitation.
  • What can the UK offer international business?


    Date: 03 January 2017

    Philippa Roles considers why the UK is still an ideal destination for international business, despite having opted to leave the European Union.
  • Brexit: Keep Calm and Don’t Panic

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    Date: 29 September 2016

    Philippa Roles, head of Tax at FSP, speculates on the likely consequences of Brexit in the field of indirect taxation - primarily VAT and customs duties - in the UK.
  • Using tax to change the housing market

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    Date: 05 February 2016

    Philippa Roles, head of Tax at FSP, looks at the use to which the stamp duty land tax and income tax regimes are being put to bring about social and economic change in the UK housing market.
  • Are employee shareholder share schemes beneficial?


    Date: 20 May 2015

    Philippa Roles, head of Tax at FSP, considers how Employee Shareholder Shares can be used as a tool for incentivising employees.
  • VAT shock for home owners with solar panels

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    Date: 28 June 2013

    The European Court has ruled that homeowners with solar panels are in business and therefore liable to register for VAT. Sarah Wray, head of our residential property team, and Philippa Roles, head of tax, explain.
  • Getting your business ready for sale

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    Date: 11 April 2013

    What are the key planning points to consider when preparing your business for sale? And what do you do to ensure the best possible tax treatment? Philippa Roles and Penelope Garden provide some pointers.
  • Annual residential property tax article


    Date: 19 February 2013

    Philippa Roles considers the new annual residential property tax that will apply to all companies, partnerships and collective investment schemes (such as unit trusts) holding residential property valued at over £2 million from 1 April 2013.
  • Gift Aid: small donations scheme

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    Date: 17 October 2012

    From April 2013 charities and community amateur sports clubs will be able to claim Gift Aid style payments for small donations without the need for individual donor declarations.
  • Charity donations: a useful tax planning tool

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    Date: 12 July 2012

    As we all continue to feel the pinch, and with no immediate end in sight to these austere times, is there anything charities can do to encourage people to keep donating?
  • General tax anti-avoidance comes to the UK


    Date: 24 November 2011

    The Treasury committee set up to explore whether the UK needs a General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR) has now reported back that one is required. Will this signal the end of tax planning as we know it?
  • HMRC restaurant crackdown 6 months on


    Date: 11 November 2011

    Where are we 6 months on from the announcement that HMRC will set its tax evasion task force against the restaurant trade?
  • EIS: attracting investors

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    Date: 15 April 2011

    Using the Enterprise Investment Scheme (referred to as EIS) to attract cash investment in your business.
  • Share schemes and staff motivation

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    Date: 26 November 2010

    Our tax expert, Philippa Roles, looks at the different types of employee share scheme available and the use of such schemes as a tool for incentivising and rewarding staff.
  • Trading in the UK

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    Date: 26 November 2010

    This quick guide by our tax expert, Philippa Roles, gives an overview of the key issues for overseas businesses to consider when looking to start trading in the UK.
  • What form should your business take?

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    Date: 13 September 2010

    This article explains the pro's and con's of the four main business structures: sole trader, partnership, company and limited liability partnership.
  • Inheritance tax - forewarned is forearmed

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    Date: 10 September 2010

    What can you do to reduce the ultimate tax bill?