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As local and international tax rules become more prescriptive, and compliance and reporting obligations more onerous, dealing with them effectively is a significant challenge. Our UK-based tax team is well-placed to assist you. We are part of a 300 strong tax group across Europe and beyond. Supported by strong technical back-up teams that identify developments in tax law and policy affecting your business, we will help you develop robust structures that maximise tax effectiveness and can respond to future developments such as BEPS. We work with you to implement an appropriate tax strategy for your business.

Whether you are a financial institution, multinational, fund, corporate investor or high net worth individual, we understand your commercial drivers and the tax pressures you face.

Our teams work together across all sectors and all areas of tax affecting your business including VAT, transfer pricing, tax structuring and tax disputes. Where you are undertaking a transaction, our advice can make a material difference to transaction costs, help you exploit tax saving opportunities and, in some cases, avert serious consequences. If you are involved in a dispute, an early intervention with the tax authorities on your behalf can ensure the best outcome for your business.

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    Employee Incentives

    CMS has the largest number of partners dedicated to employee share plans in a City law firm. With over forty years’ combined experience as partners in their field, our team also stands out for the range of work it does. We each advise FTSE100 and multinational companies on their share plans and the public company M&A work that goes with that, but also advise start-ups, particularly in the tech and life sciences sectors and other companies which are private equity owned. We will work together with you to maximise the opportunities to reward employees in as tax-effective a way as possible and deliver their rewards cost-effectively.

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    Transfer Pricing

    As an organisation with global operations, you may be benefiting from strong growth in cross-border transactions. You are also subject to tighter regulations, complex multi-jurisdictional tax investigations, higher tax adjustments and an increasingly litigious approach to settling transfer pricing audits.

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    01/12/2016
    BEPS Up­date: Mul­ti­lat­er­al In­stru­ment Pub­lished
    The OECD has now pub­lished the mul­ti­lat­er­al in­stru­ment (“MLI”) that will im­ple­ment cer­tain of the treaty-re­lated pro­pos­als from its pro­ject on tack­ling base erosion and profit shift­ing (“BEPS”).
    23/11/2016
    Au­tumn State­ment: Re­forms to the tax­a­tion of non-dom­i­ciled in­di­vidu­als
    The UK’s Chan­cel­lor of Ex­chequer de­livered his an­nu­al Au­tumn State­ment today. As pre­vi­ously an­nounced at the 2015 Sum­mer Budget and fol­low­ing the HM Treas­ury con­sulta­tion pub­lished on 19 Au­gust 2016, the gov­ern­ment has con­firmed that from April 2017: .
    18/10/2016
    Im­pend­ing UK In­her­it­ance Tax Changes
    In the 2015 Sum­mer Budget, pro­pos­als were an­nounced to change the UK tax re­gime for non-dom­i­ciles. These pro­pos­als were the sub­ject of a con­sulta­tion pa­per Re­forms to the Tax­a­tion of Non-dom­i­ciles: fur­ther con­sulta­tion which was pub­lished on 19 Au­gust 2016.
    31/08/2016
    EU Anti Tax Avoid­ance Dir­ect­ive: Im­pact on In­vest­ment Funds
    EU Mem­ber States re­cently reached an agree­ment on the EU Anti Tax Avoid­ance Dir­ect­ive 2016/0011 (the “Dir­ect­ive”). The Dir­ect­ive is aimed at tax plan­ning prac­tices cur­rently widely used by mul­tina­tion­al com­pan­ies and builds on the OECD's Base Erosion and Profit.