More UK-based companies are considering moving the headquarters overseas amid
concerns over the UK tax regime, the chief executive of advertising giant WPP
Martin Sorrell told the Financial Times: ‘WPP is not the first to create a
new holding company [abroad] and it won’t be the last. There are people actively
WPP, the world’s second largest advertising agency, last week became the
sixth – and highest profile company – to announce plans to shift its tax
domicile from the UK this year.
Shire, Britain’s third-biggest drugmaker, and United Business Media, the
magazine publisher and conference organiser, have also announced plans to move
their tax domicile from Britain to Ireland to reduce their corporate tax bill.
Sorrell welcomed the appointments of Peter Mandelson as business secretary
and Paul Myners as the new City minister in Gordon Brown’s reshuffle, saying
there were encouraging signs that the pair ‘understood the implications of these
[tax] changes for business’.
CIot urges HMRC to consider a delay to the 1 September 2017 introduction of its new corporate offence of failure to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion
The current business rates system is over-complex and reform is needed, but reforms should focus first of all on simplifying the appeals process, particularly for businesses which are subject to business rates exemption
The CIoT has called on the government to rethink its approach to ensuring online sellers pay the correct amount of VAT.
Jane Ellison to serve as 'tax minister' following ministerial responsibilities for public health. David Gauke become chief secretary to the Treasury