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Small Business Tax Planning: All you need to know from start-up to retirement by Russell Cockburn

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Introduction: The Climate for Tax Planning

A business looking to find legitimate ways of reducing its overall tax burden must take note of the government’s attitude to perceived tax avoidance. Governments have shown themselves to be increasingly willing to introduce new legislation to counter perceived abuses of the tax system and to take court action against attempts at tax avoidance. Specific legislation was introduced in 2004 under which structured and marketed tax avoidance schemes have to be formally notified to HMRC by their sponsors or promoters (and in some cases by their users), within specified time limits or financial penalties can be imposed. Since these rules were introduced, a large number of these schemes have been struck out ...

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