Business tax conference 2020

Our Inaugural Business Tax Conference took place on 12th November 2020. At the conference we explored technology, how is at the cutting edge of the way we work and in a world dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways it is reshaping how we connect and run our businesses. Throughout the morning we considered the impact of technology on the tax world and provide insight on the current hot topics that businesses are currently grappling with. For those who would like to revisit the sessions, or for those that couldn’t attend on the day please find recordings of all the main stage and breakout sessions below.

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Business tax conference - introduction

A welcome to the conference from Business Tax Partner, Tom Shave. Tom discusses the conference’s theme of technology and how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the climate businesses are operating in.

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Lindsay Herbert - Guest Speaker

Lindsay Herbert is author of Digital Transformation, an Inventor and Digital Transformation Leader at IBM, where she leads major technical and innovation projects for companies worldwide. Here Lindsay takes us through ‘Digital Transformation: The Bear in the Room’ exploring how innovation and technology can help us overcome the drastic changes we see in the working world currently.

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Breakout sessions

 

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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.

Speaker

  • Samuel Dean
  • Emily Spooner
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IHT and Business Property Relief - Julia Rosenbloom

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.

Speakers

  • Julia Rosenbloom
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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.

Speaker: 

  • John Manis
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Transaction Readiness

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

Speakers: 

  • Tessa Pudge
  • Charlotte Smith
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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

Speakers

  • Alexander Simpson
  • David Yewdall
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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.

Speakers

  • Mo Salim
  • Jing Lin
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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.

Speakers 

  • Sunil Parmar
  • Adrian Hextall
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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

Speaker

  • Hema Mistry
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R&D & Patent Box incentives

Innovating your approach to Government Incentives.

Speakers

  • Justin Arnesen
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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?

Speakers

  • Alistair Shaw
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Business tax conference - Panel Q&A

The Panel session, led by Jenny Batchelor, Business Tax Partner at Smith & Williamson, discusses different priorities and approaches to tax across a range of diverse businesses.

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