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OTS calls for ‘urgent review’ into how UK tax system affects businesses


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April 23, 2018     |     Posted by:     |     Category: Blog

Does your business find the UK tax system too complicated? You’re not alone.

A report has recently been published by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) calling for the government to carry out ‘urgent work’ to simplify the business tax system for UK firms.

The OTS report examined how the tax system affects businesses at each of the key stages of their development, from start-up to succession planning, and highlighted the complexity entrepreneurs face when seeking to establish or grow a business. Many are finding the UK tax system too complicated, and therefore a real barrier to fulfilling their potential.

Are tax reliefs and charges achieving their objectives?

Within the report, the tax reliefs and charges that apply to new and growing businesses are examined on how well they achieve their objectives. The report looked into:

Outlining the differences and interactions of each, the report concluded that reliefs and charges would ‘benefit from an overhaul to reduce complexity’.

Making reliefs more accessible to businesses

The OTS report highlights that this overhaul would have a significant impact on making the benefits ‘more accessible’ to businesses.

Speaking on behalf of the OTS, Paul Morton, Tax Director, said: ‘This paper takes a significant first step towards meeting the pressing need to undertake a detailed review of the tax system as it operates across the business lifecycle.

‘It is aimed at helping the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK economy to maximise their opportunities and to make the system clear and simple to understand and use.’

Is your business struggling?

If your business is struggling to find the capital to grow there are finance options available to bridge the gap. It’s important not to dwell on what you can’t do with your business. Seak with expert advisers like those at HJS Recovery to fully evaluate the options available to you.

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