The number of UK companies rated as being in ‘significant financial distress’ during Q3 2018 has increased by 5% compared to the same quarter last year, according to the latest Red Flag Alert research data from Begbies Traynor, the UK’s leading independent insolvency firm.
With 18 pubs closing every week, what does the future hold for the 50,000 that remain? The environment seems bleak: increased tax on alcohol, a decreasing drinking culture among millennials and economic uncertainty are three headline reasons for pessimism, but is there reason to be hopeful?
Britain now has the highest property taxes in the developed world, according to an analysis by the OECD. It found property taxes accounted for 12.7% of the total tax burden in 2014, compared to an average of 5.6% among the OECD's 35 members.
Philip Hammond has said £2bn could be raised through a new clampdown on tax evasion, avoidance and aggressive tax planning. The measures will include a new penalty for lawyers and accountants who enable the use of avoidance schemes later found to be improper.
The Times’ Mark Little and the Telegraph’s Mathew Lynn both call for the Chancellor Phillip Hammond to use his Autumn statement as an opportunity to scrap swathes of taxes. They say Britain’s tax system has become dysfunctional and inefficient. Mr Littlewood says Mr Hammond should be seeking to ease the overall tax burden down to about 30% of national income to boost confidence and stimulate growth.