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will the 'Patent Box' keep companies in the UK?

1 December 2010

The Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that, as part of plans to make Britain more business-friendly and tax-competitive, a new 10% rate of corporation tax will be introduced on profits from certain products developed in the UK.

From 1 April 2013 this reduced rate of corporation tax will apply to profits from patents, but not from other intellectual property. Consultations surrounding the so-called ‘Patent Box’ will now take place. This corporation tax rate change is just one measure unveiled as part of the government’s ‘Corporation Tax Reform’. Others include changing the rules on controlled foreign companies which, by the Chancellor’s own admission are ‘outdated and complex’.

An increasing number of companies are leaving or considering leaving the UK, citing high tax rates, uncertain/complex tax rules and tax red tape among their motivators for so doing. These changes alone may not stem the exodus, but at least it’s a start.

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