Smith & Williamson comment on Prime Minister's tax announcements

  • Written By: Zoe Thomas
  • Published: Thu, 21 Nov 2019 11:26 GMT

In response to the Conservative party's announcements on business rates and corporation tax, Zoe Thomas, Partner, Business Tax Services at Smith & Williamson said:

“The UK’s business rates system is broken and any new government must undertake an urgent review to find alternatives. The current system has placed an unfair burden on bricks-and-mortar shops and manufacturers compared with businesses that operate online.

“Reforming business rates should be a top priority for the UK government and today’s pledge by Boris Johnson is a step in the right direction to enable economic growth and reduce the burden on UK businesses. As part of this review, any new government should reduce business rates to save the high street.

“The overall package of tax reforms are positive, despite the announcement to postpone planned cuts to corporation tax. The delay may come as a shock to businesses, as they look to the government for stability and consistency during these times of uncertainty. Many businesses will have factored these planned reductions into their Budgets and forecasts from April 2020 onwards. The Conservatives now need to quickly announce when the reduction will take place so that UK businesses can plan ahead.”


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