Bishop Fleming adviser joins tax simplification team

Andy Richens, technical tax director at Bishop Fleming, has been appointed as a member of the consultative committee reporting to tax simplification chiefs.

Richens will be involved in the committee’s work to conduct enquiries into all taxes and duties affecting small businesses, collecting evidence, and advising government on options for reform.

The committee will pass over its findings to the Office of Tax Simplification.

“We have already met and begun our work, brainstorming on what is currently wrong with small business taxation,” said Richens.

Richens flagged up the administrative burden heaped on small businesses due to the complicated tax regime as “a huge issue”.  

Bishop Fleming’s  ‘Red Tape Watchdog’ survey found business owners now spend up to a day a week on dealing with red tape –arising from the complexity of tax and duty rules.

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