Poolbeg Pharma, a spin out of Open Orphan, has successfully raised £25 million (before expenses) and lists with a market capitalisation of £50 million. Poolbeg Pharma is a clinical-stage infectious disease pharmaceutical company. Their novel capital light clinical model enables them to develop multiple products faster and more cost effectively than the traditional biotech model.
The latest tax rules introduced by the government mean that switching to an electric company car is no longer just about reducing the climate impact, but provides a significant tax benefits for both employer and employee. From April 2021, fully electric company cars attract a Benefit in Kind rate of just 1%, rising to 2% from April 2022. This means, a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus with a purchase price of £80,000 would have a benefit rate of just 1% in 2021-22, equating to an annual taxable benefit of just £800.
Between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2023, companies can claim a super-deduction in the form of first year relief of 130% on qualifying plant and machinery additions. This means a company spending £100,000 on qualifying assets would have £130,000 deducted against its taxable profits, resulting in a tax saving of £24,700 per £100,000 of expenditure.
The latest in our series of quick-fire client interviews, Jeffreys Henry speaks to Dan Anton, co-founder of Lahpet. Lahpet started life as a pop-up in the railway arches of London Fields by co-founders Dan Anton and Zaw Mahesh, before opening their first permanent site in Shoreditch in 2018. Lahpet remains one of London's only restaurants to specialise in Burmese cuisine. Dan talks about the success of DIY kits during lockdown, how they prepared for indoor re-opening as restrictions eased, and opening their second and largest site in the midst of the pandemic.
The Business Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) launched on 6 April 2021 as a replacement of the previous coronavirus loan schemes (BBLS, CBILS and CLBILS). It has been designed to support businesses of all sizes across the UK recover from the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government-backed scheme is available via a range of lenders.
Changes in IR35 rules from 2021 will mean employees, but through their own Personal Service Company (PSC), pay the same Income Tax and National Insurance contributions as other employees. From April 2021, businesses will have the responsibility of deciding whether the employment taxes and National Insurance contributions should be deducted.
HMRC have introduced a restriction for the amount of R&D tax credit received by SMEs in a year. Effective from 1 April 2021, the cap is set at £20,000 plus three times the company’s total PAYE and NIC liability for SMEs claiming R&D tax credits.
HMRC have began issuing "nudge letters" to UK residents with a financial connection to Italy and potential tax liabilities on overseas income or gains, prompting them to make a disclosure under the Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF).