There are widespread rumours that the chancellor is planning tax rises. I would guess that everything is very much at the planning stage and any increase could yet affect all the main taxes. Conversely, some commentators suggest that a tax increase is possibly the worst thing one can do to stimulate the economy.

One tax increase that has just been announced is a doubling of tax on single-use plastic bags. Perhaps there is the optimal scope for tax increases in the area of the new taxes and activities such as sugar tax and of course on certain digital services, although we hope not to online publishing!

People are back at work this and next week. Perhaps now that so many people are self-isolating again it is a good time to reconsider business structures and planning. With that in mind we have updated several guides this week on this topic. 

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