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Robert E. Gaut

Robert E. Gaut

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Robert Gaut is a tax partner and head of our UK tax practice in London.

He has represented many of the world’s preeminent multinational corporations, sovereign wealth funds, investment banks and private equity funds on a full range of UK and international tax strategies relating to inbound and outbound transactions, capital markets offerings, establishment of investment funds and financing matters.

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COVID-19: UK Chancellor announces significant extension of support packages

The UK Chancellor has today announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be extended against “a worsening economic backdrop”. Earlier this week we reported on the UK Prime Minister’s reintroduction of the furlough scheme until 2 December 2020 (the scheduled end date of the … Continue Reading

COVID-19: Extension of economic support ahead of national lockdown

Ahead of England’s return to national lockdown this Thursday, the UK Prime Minister has announced the extension of support packages for both employed workers and for the self-employed. As reported by us previously (https://www.proskauertaxtalks.com/2020/09/uk-chancellor-announces-winter-economy-plan/) the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) was due to end and its replacement, the Job Support Scheme, was to … Continue Reading

COVID-19: Further extension to the UK’s Job Support Scheme

As coronavirus infection rates rise and restrictions tighten across the UK, the UK Chancellor has extended the Job Support Scheme (again). Last week we reported on the extension of the Scheme to businesses legally required to close under tier 3 of the alert system (https://www.proskauertaxtalks.com/2020/10/covid-19-extension-of-the-uks-job-support-scheme/). Yesterday (22 October) the UK Chancellor announced the following updates: … Continue Reading

COVID-19: Extension of the UK’s Job Support Scheme

As lockdowns loom across the land with the introduction of a three-tier system of restrictions based on local COVID-19 alert levels, at the highest alert level (tier 3) certain businesses will be forced to close, including pubs and bars (unless they serve substantial meals). To support businesses that are legally required to close as a … Continue Reading

Cayman Islands removed from the EU blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes

The European Council has announced its decision to remove the Cayman Islands from the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. In February we reported on Cayman’s inclusion on the list and our expectation that Cayman would make every effort to ensure its removal from the list in cooperation with the EU (https://www.proskauertaxtalks.com/2020/02/cayman-islands-added-to-the-eu-blacklist-of-non-cooperative-jurisdictions-for-tax-purposes/). The … Continue Reading

UK Chancellor announces Winter Economy Plan

As the UK braces itself for a second wave of COVID-19 the UK Chancellor has announced the Treasury’s Winter Economy Plan with the aim of protecting jobs and supporting businesses over the coming months. Despite the measures introduced in the Chancellor’s Summer Statement (reported by us https://www.proskauer.com/blog/chancellors-summer-statement-focuses-on-hospitality-sector), the UK’s economic recovery “is fragile” amidst the … Continue Reading

HMRC updates its guidance on the VAT treatment of early termination fees and compensation payments

Following the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) rulings in Meo and Vodafone Portugal, HMRC has recently updated its VAT manual and published a brief (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/revenue-and-customs-brief-12-2020-vat-early-termination-fees-and-compensation-payments/) stating that payments arising out of early contract termination will now be treated as consideration for a taxable supply therefore subject to VAT. This marks a significant change from HMRC’s … Continue Reading

COVID-19: Taxation of coronavirus support payments

The UK government has opened a consultation on draft legislation concerning the taxation of coronavirus business support payments. HMRC want views on the technical effectiveness of the proposed legislation in ensuring that grants covered by the legislation are subject to tax. Such grants include the much-reported Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) (as reported by us … Continue Reading

Cayman Islands added to the EU blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes

On 18 February 2020, the ECOFIN committee of finance ministers of the EU resolved to add the Cayman Islands to the EU blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Their reasoning was short: “[The] Cayman Islands does not have appropriate measures in place relating to economic substance in the area of collective investment vehicles.” This … Continue Reading

Upper Tribunal Rules in Favour of Taxpayer in Tax Residence Case

Development Securities plc and others v HMRC [2019] UKUT 169 (TCC) The Original Judgment As we reported in our August 2017 UK Tax Round-Up [https://www.proskauer.com/newsletter/uk-tax-round-up-august-2017], the UK’s First Tier Tribunal (“FTT”) found against the taxpayer in the Development Securities case, and ruled that certain Jersey-incorporated companies were, in fact, UK tax resident through central management … Continue Reading

UK Tax Round Up

UK General Tax Developments HMRC updates guidance on what constitutes “ordinary share capital” Following the decision by the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) in Warshaw V HMRC, reported in our UK tax blog earlier this month, HMRC has updated its guidance on what constitutes “ordinary share capital” for the purposes of most tax provisions using that term. As well as … Continue Reading

UK Budget – Some Key Changes

The UK Budget took place on 29th October. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, took the opportunity to make a series of targeted changes to the UK’s tax system, some of which had already been announced, but several of which were new and surprising. We have summarized here of the most eye-catching changes that will be of … Continue Reading

UK Finance Bill 2019 published – UK commercial property tax regime for non-resident investors to change, but some relief for trading businesses

On 6 July 2018 the UK Finance Bill 2019 was published by the UK Government. The draft Finance Bill contains the details of the new regime on taxation of non-UK resident investors in UK real estate that had been proposed in a consultation by HMRC following the November 2017 Budget (see Proskauer Tax Talks blog … Continue Reading

UK Tax Round Up: March 2018

Welcome to the March edition of the Proskauer UK Tax Round Up. As promised, the Spring Statement from the Chancellor focused on the economy and public finances without any major tax announcements. However, a few interesting consultation and position papers were published. We have summarised these below along with a handful of other developments since … Continue Reading
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