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Tax for retail

Tax law is a major consideration for all retail businesses. Getting the right tax result is a vital part of managing returns and avoiding pitfalls which could lead to increased tax, penalties or enquiries from HM Revenue & Customs.

By applying a practical and tailored approach to tax issues, we can provide our clients with workable commercial solutions and clear guidance on complex and ever increasing tax legislation. Our advice is fully integrated with our corporate, property and employment teams to advise on tax issues raised by commercial deals.

  • Pragmatic tax solutions – based on extensive technical knowledge.
  • Over 100 national and international clients – including major national retailers.
  • Cross-border advice – on investments and fund transfers and liaison with foreign tax advisors.
  • Corporate finance deal support – advice on structuring deals, tax clearances, extracting profits in a tax efficient way and negotiating tax warranties and covenants.
  • Property transactions – advice on VAT, capital allowances, stamp duty land tax and structuring developments in a tax efficient way.
  • Employee benefits – advice on tax efficient remuneration methods such as share incentives and share options.
  • VAT advice – dealing with the complexities of the VAT system as they affect our clients’ businesses.

Related resources

Legal updates

Temporary VAT cuts and deferrals

The government announced on 24 September 2020 that the temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT for the tourism and hospitality sectors has been extended to the end of March 2021.


Legal updates

Business rates and beneficial occupation

In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that a full review of the structure of business rates would be carried out, to report by Budget 2016.