The Treasury is ready to clamp down on the tax reliefs used by private equity
bosses to cut their tax bills, according to a report in the Sunday
Times this weekend.
The report claimed that chancellor Gordon Brown would ‘clamp down’ on the
taper relief that allows private equitys bosses to only pay 10% tax on
remuneration through carried interest they receive when selling on businesses.
The industry has come under intense criticism from unions over the use of the
tax reliefs, which has prompted Treasury action in this area.
The Treasury is conducting a review of carried interest and interest relief
on debt, two of the main areas in which private equity benefits – from a tax
point of view.
However, speaking to Accountancy Age, a Treasury spokesman said that
although the reviews were underway, no formal decisions had been made about
whether these areas of tax should be reformed or not.
‘Work on the review is ongoing, and will conclude in due course,’ the
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