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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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19 April 2021
In­vest­ment Products, Ex­cep­ted Group Life Policies and Cor­por­ate Trusts
The UK has a spe­cial tax re­gime that ap­plies to life in­sur­ance policies. The CMS Private Cli­ent Tax Prac­tice has ex­tens­ive ex­per­i­ence as­sist­ing life in­sur­ance pro­viders and their poli­cy­hold­ers to nav­ig­ate...
30 March 2021
Chal­len­ging HM­RC U-turns: les­sons from a re­cent EIS de­cision
Gov­ern­ments across the globe are fa­cing a moun­tain of debt fol­low­ing the pan­dem­ic, with the fo­cus of some now shift­ing to in­come gen­er­a­tion mode. In the UK, are we already see­ing a change of ap­proach...
09 March 2021
UK Budget 2021: A bright fu­ture for the UK FinTech eco­sys­tem?
On the 3rd of March 2021, Chan­cel­lor Rishi Sunak an­nounced the latest UK budget. However, it came hot on the heels of the ground-break­ing Kal­ifa Re­view in­to the UK’s flour­ish­ing FinTech in­dustry. The...
04 March 2021
Budget 2021: Key tax points
The Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­chequer de­livered his Budget to Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day 3 March 2021. His stated aims were to pro­tect jobs and strengthen pub­lic fin­ances so that as the UK emerges from the Cov­id-19...
3 March 2021
CMS ad­vises Phoenix Group on its on­go­ing part­ner­ship with Stand­ard Life...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Phoenix Group on a new ar­range­ment with Stand­ard Life Ab­er­deen (SLA), which sig­ni­fic­antly sim­pli­fies their stra­tegic part­ner­ship, en­abling Phoenix to con­trol its...
02 March 2021
Budget changes on our radar
The March 2021 Budget comes at a time of hope that nor­mal life can slowly be re­sumed as the pan­dem­ic sub­sides, but sig­ni­fic­ant un­cer­tain­ties re­main. Re­pair­ing pub­lic fin­ances will al­most cer­tainly re­quire...
13 January 2021
CMS and ShareReport­er launch leg­al and tax com­pli­ance app for glob­al em­ploy­ee...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the launch of Share | Com­pli­ance, an app that helps com­pan­ies with leg­al and tax com­pli­ance in re­la­tion to the op­er­a­tion of their glob­al em­ploy­ee share...
January 2021
ShareReport­er
If you op­er­ate a cross-bor­der em­ploy­ee share plan, you un­der­stand the com­plex­ity of track­ing leg­al and tax com­pli­ance re­quire­ments across mul­tiple jur­is­dic­tions, and the need to stay ahead of crit­ic­al...
08 January 2021
Un­ex­pec­ted scale-back of DAC6 tax re­port­ing
HM­RC have an­nounced that the UK has scaled back the ap­plic­a­tion of the EU tax dis­clos­ure re­gime re­ferred to as “DAC6” so that only one out of the five EU “hall­marks” be­lieved to in­dic­ate tax avoid­ance...
30 December 2020
Stock sav­ings plan and Brexit: Brit­ish stock and some oth­er fin­an­cial in­stru­ments...
As a res­ult of Brexit, both stock or UCITS by a Brit­ish is­suer are dis­qual­i­fied and some EU-based UCITS funds’ un­der­ly­ing Brit­ish fin­an­cial in­stru­ments may also be so. Such a dis­qual­i­fic­a­tion may lead...
17 November 2020
Is the pro­vi­sion of loc­al au­thor­ity sports and leis­ure fa­cil­it­ies out­side...
Back­ground A dis­pute arose between coun­cils across the UK and HM­RC in re­la­tion to VAT li­ab­il­ity of charges paid by mem­bers of the pub­lic for ac­cess to sports and leis­ure fa­cil­it­ies provided by those au­thor­it­ies...
17 November 2020
Draft le­gis­la­tion pub­lished to in­tro­duce the UK’s Plastic Pack­aging Tax
On 12 Novem­ber 2020, HM Rev­en­ue & Cus­toms (“HM­RC”) pub­lished a policy pa­per de­tail­ing the long-awaited plastic pack­aging tax (“Policy Pa­per”) along with the draft stat­utory in­stru­ment that will...