Energy Red Tape Challenge

The formal scope of the Red Tape Challenge excludes regulations on tax and spend measures and the activities of the independent Economic Regulators - for example the Renewables Obligation (tax and spend) and license conditions for electricity suppliers (Ofgem).

Jimmy Tse

An ACCA qualified Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. Jimmy focuses on helping members with their tax queries and assists in CLA tax policy development.

Louise Speke

Louise has overall responsibility for tax law and policy, including the tax advisory service to members. She originally qualified as solicitor and after leaving private practice spent over 13 years as the Law Society’s Tax Policy Adviser before joining the CLA in July 2013.

She represents the CLA on HMRC’s Capital Tax Liaison Group and their VAT on Land & Property Liaison Group.  She is also a member of the Welsh Government Tax Forum.


GN07-17 Non-domestic Rates Post Budget Update (England)

Following the uproar to the large increases in the draft 2017 valuation lists and the concern of many businesses that they were facing increases that were disproportionate the Chancellor announced in his budget three additional reforms on top of those already announced, that he hoped would help the transition:

  • Support for small businesses losing Small Business Rate Relief
  • English local authorities discretionary relief to support hard-hit businesses
  • £1000 business rate discount for public houses

This Guidance Note gives details of these changes, and gives an outline of the Non Domestic Rates systems, reliefs, and appeals.

Making Tax Digital

We have responded to the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) consultation which that as announced at Autumn Statement 2015, most businesses, self-employed people and landlords will, by 2020, be required to use software or apps ("digital tools") to keep their business records and to provide regular updates of information to HMRC.  The consultation also considers how digital record keeping and regular updates should operate.  HMRC consider this change to be as big as the change to self-assessment.


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