Possible new "Look Through" entity will change small company taxation
The Chancellor announced in his 2016 Budget Speech that the Government is considering further major changes to small company taxation following a review by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS).
As in many small companies the directors are also shareholders and the OTS believe that it would simplify matters if the shareholders of such companies were to be taxed on their share of profits made by the company in proportion to their shareholdings. In other words the shareholders would be subject to income tax in a similar way to members of a partnership or LLP and there would be no corporation tax paid by the company. This would clearly level the playing field between limited companies and unincorporated businesses. However it is likely to result in more tax payable than under the current rules!
We will monitor further discussions on this possible future change and keep you updated.
If you would like more information, or would like to discuss your tax affairs in general, please contact our Tax Partners Steve Crompton or Chris Barrington on the details below:
Partner – Head of Tax
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