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Posts Tagged ‘Simon Newsham’

Balancing charity giving with bequests

One of the “surprises” of the 2011 Budget was the announcement that the Government intended to reward those who leave money to charity after their death. Effectively the Inheritance Tax Charitable Relief scheme allowed those leaving 10% of their estate to charity would receive tax relief of the equivalent amount. The consultation process aimed at…

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Calculating an Inheritance

The recent HMRC investigations into small business tax, including that of plumbers and restaurants, have received fairly wide publicity. However, according to accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young, there is another area which HMRC have been quietly spotlighting over the past year and that is inheritance tax. Over the course of 2010 HMRC investigated 9,368 inheritance…

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Hope for UK Commercial Property

The CB Richard Ellis monthly index of commercial property returns continues to bring hope of recovery within the sector. Overall the sector posted growth of 0.7% in May, capitalising on the 0.6% growth seen in April. Across the UK the picture is mixed. Within the capital returns for office accommodation rose by 1% against a…

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Government releases housing land

The Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, has today announced ambitious plans for Government and Council held land to be released for housing. With the aim of kick starting the house building industry and creating up to 25,000 jobs, the hope is to build 100,000 new homes on this land by 2015. Every Government department with significant…

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Newshams congratulates the RIBA award winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2011 awards for architectural excellence. The 89 winners in the UK include a community hall in the Hebrides and a self build hideaway in the Lake District as well as fourteen schools and nine university buildings. The awards also give a boost…

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The Bribery Act 2010

Following a delay caused by the need for additional consultation and clarification, the Bribery Act 2010 has received Royal Assent and will come into force on 1 July 2011. This Act aims to modernise the law in relation to bribery both within the UK and abroad. The Ministry of Justice has issued a Quick Start…

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The CIOT comments on SDLT Budget proposals

Within the 2011 Budget, the chancellor, George Osborne, proposed various measures intended to tighten up on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) avoidance. These proposals form part of the Finance (No 3) Bill which is currently winding its way through Parliament. Due to the complexity of the Bill, whilst some of its clauses were debated by…

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Contraction in construction

Whilst spring heralded signs of recovery in large swathes of the economy, the construction industry continues to buck the trend. Even admitting that the poor weather at the beginning of the year won’t have helped, construction statistics continue to give cause for concern. Starting with the general picture, although the UK as a whole returned…

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Stamp Duty Land Tax case won by taxpayer

The first Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) case taken to the Tax Tribunal by HMRC has been won by the taxpayer. This victory is a vindication of the interpretation commonly applied to one aspect of SDLT regulations by experts although an appeal by HMRC is expected. SDLT applies when property above a certain value is…

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