The Dolce and Gabbana case highlighted the recent crackdown on tax evasion schemes and the subsequent negative publicity attached to it. It has also exposed a number of companies with complicated tax structures who have successfully managed to ‘avoid’ paying tax over a number of years.
Starting a new company or starting to provide goods or services in a new jurisdiction, if you are setting up in the UK from overseas, is a daunting prospect. Whether you have £2,000 or £2 million to invest in your start-up you can still be faced with the problem of where to start and who to go to first for help.
Yesterday, news of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s crimes rocked the fashion world: the famous duo have each been sentenced to one year and eight months in prison by the Italian Supreme court and were fined just under half a billion euros between them. The Internal Revenue Service has, independently of the courts, fined the pair €343m and their accountant has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.
This April saw the introduction of the biggest overhaul to the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system of income tax since its introduction nearly 70 years ago. In simple terms, employers are no longer able to wait until the end of the year before telling the taxman how much they have paid their staff, but must do so whenever a payment is made.
I can't help but feel conflicted after hearing the results of the Mehjoo case last week...
On the one hand, we have HMRC heavily cracking down on tax avoidance; and on the other, a High Court judge is ruling that practitioners have a duty to advise their clients how to avoid tax...
Along with the introduction of the GAAR and in yet another attempt to tackle tax avoidance, the government is currently discussing changes to the Finance Bill and National Insurance Contributions Bill for April 2014. This latest proposal is aimed at aligning the taxation of members within partnerships, including LLPs, with other taxpaying individuals.
The John Lewis partnership is often held up as a shining example of successful Employee Share ownership – but does it always lead to greater success for the underlying business? How do the exiting owners feel about losing equity and control? What are the main challenges and difficulties that face smaller private companies looking to emulate the model?