Business Tax Conference 2020

We are pleased to invite you to attend our inaugural Business Tax Conference.

  • Date: 12 Nov 2020
  • Time: 09:30 - 12:00
  • Venue: Webinar, Hosted via Hopin, Join from any location, Use the link below

Technology is at the cutting edge of the way we work and in a world dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is reshaping how we connect and run our businesses. Our conference will consider the impact of technology on the tax world and provide insight on the current hot topics that businesses are currently grappling with. During our virtual conference there will be a variety of interactive sessions and formats, providing attendees the opportunity to interact with governmental, industry and professional experts, whilst also connecting with peers in a virtual space.

During the course of the morning, you will hear from a host of leading individuals, including:

  • Lindsay Herbert; Author of Digital Transformation and IBM Inventor & Global Chief Innovation Officer
  • Senior representatives from HMRC, including CCO specialist, Samuel Dean
  • Experts from Smith & Williamson
  • There will also be a choice of ten interactive breakout sessions where you can swap first-hand experience and pick up some practical advice.
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Breakout Sessions

Session one

Title Summary Breakout leader
DAC6 - A practical approach DAC6 is an EU Directive which requires reporting to HMRC and EU tax authorities on arrangements within 30-days. This session will include an overview of the rules and a practical approach for businesses to ensure they have processes in place by 1 January 2021 - the date 30 day reporting commences Hema Mistry
Brexit - Are you ready? With the Brexit transitional period ending on 31 December 2020, is your business aware of and ready for the direct and indirect tax implications? Alistair Shaw
Transaction Readiness – considerations for investment and exit This session will include the common tax themes to consider, how to minimise your tax risk, and how to optimise your tax affairs ahead of due diligence including how and where tax advisors can provide deal support Tessa Pudge & Charlotte Smith
RPA and Data Analytics – reducing costs and risk Robotic process automation has already been established as one of the key forces behind cost saving, process improvements and increased accuracy in reporting. By introducing transactional data analytics to processes we look at the added value complete accuracy can bring by further enhancing controls and governance. Mo Salim & Jing Lin
IHT and Business Property Relief – managing your risks Inheritance Tax can take a 40% bite out of the value of your business when you pass it on.  Business Property Relief can offer 100% relief and is a vital aspect of succession planning but the way your business is structured can jeopardise it and we may also see it watered down in the next Budget.  This session will cover how to manage those risks. Julia Rosenbloom


Session two

Title Summary Breakout leader
Employer Solutions - looking forward and back Employment issues: The trends we have seen emerge over the last 6 months and how employers should prepare for the next 6 months Alexander Simpson & David Yewdall
Employee ownership trusts – a tax free business sale This session will cover how sales to employee ownership trusts/ EOTs are structured, including the tax reliefs available, and which clients an EOT structure might work best for. John Manis
R&D & Patent Box incentives Innovating your approach to Government Incentives. Justin Arnesen
CCO and Tax Governance
With a presentation from HMRC CCO specialist, Samuel Dean
It has been 3 years since the introduction of the Criminal Finances Act 2017, which brought in a new Corporate Criminal Offence (CCO) for failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. This session will provide insights from both S&W and HMRC’s CCO lead, on the latest developments in CCO. Emily Spooner
Making Tax Digital – using technology to maintain digital links Phase II of MTD becomes mandatory from April 2021, requiring all businesses to maintain digital accounting records and digital links in their VAT compliance process. Sunil, Adrian and Tax Systems will talk through the regulatory requirements, discuss system and data needs and how compliance software can help maintain digital links in your business. Sunil Parmar & Adrian Hextall


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She can be...


For the last two years, Smith & Williamson have sponsored She Can Be… in partnership with #includedAWM - a pan-industry network supporting diversity and inclusion in the asset and wealth management sector. Our involvement in She Can Be… has contributed to empowering over 250 young women from in and around London to make informed decisions about their future careers. In February 2020, we hosted 10 young women from Mulberry Academy in Shoreditch, showing them the ins and outs of our business to give them the confidence that they deserve a seat at the table, and to pursue avenues into City roles. 

If you're interested in impacting the community around you, and upskilling young women, please get in touch with Katie at The Lord Mayor's Appeal for the 2022 cohort.


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