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BREXIT AND TAX: WHAT’S IN STORE FOR BIOTECHS?

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THERE IS no doubt that biotech fundraising rounds are getting bigger, companies are getting bigger and, as tax advisors, we are being faced with previously unheard of issues. Take profits – these could result in corporation tax liabilities, groups so large or profitable that they cannot claim SME R&D tax credits or future milestone income…

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Should your company elect in to the Patent Box?

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You’re not out of time but don’t be out of touch… Bad Hall & Oates songs aside, the Patent Box is a complicated beast and 2018 is likely to be a crucial year for determining whether you should elect in. So here is some clarity if yours is a loss-making company. The Patent Box provides…

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UK: A GREAT OPTION FOR US R&D

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WHY THE UK ROCKS FOR RESEARCH During a January visit to San Francisco to coincide with the JP Morgan conference, it was encouraging to hear from one US biotech company CFO how he considered the UK an attractive place to base his company’s research activities – above and beyond any other. Among the reasons why…

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HMRC Enterprise Centre: why the delays?

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IN LIGHT of the November 2017 budget where the Chancellor announced the importance of supporting the R&D sector and growth of small businesses, why are we experiencing delays at the HMRC Enterprise Centre? Confluence Tax’s Anne-Marie Rickels looks at the problems and what can be done. Venture Capital Schemes, such as VCT, EIS and SEIS,…

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Employment related securities annual returns – what you need to know

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EMPLOYMENT related securities (ERS) are a common way of incentivising employees within the technology and biotechnology industries. However, issuing shares or share options results in a reporting obligation to HMRC, the UK tax authorities. This blog aims to answer the most common queries regarding these annual returns. Overview Any company that has given shares or…

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