The Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber), the UK’s second level tax appeal court, have just published their judgement in the McQuillan case, which considered whether shares with no right to dividends or any other profits are or are not “ordinary share capital” (OSC) for UK tax purposes. There are a number of UK tax rules that depend on how much OSC is held, and OSC is defined as all share capital except for any share capital that carry a right to a dividend at a fixed rate and no other right to share in the company’s profits. This decision concluded that such shares are OSC.


As mentioned in our July 2017 edition of UK Tax Round Up, the UK has enacted a new corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. The law comes into effect on 30th September 2017, and businesses should ensure that they have considered its impact before then. A risk assessment could be required to be carried out before 30th September, and applicable policies and prevention measures may need to be considered.

With effect from 8th July, 2015, UK resident investment management executives will pay capital gains tax on all their carried interest returns from investment funds (with the rate currently set at 28% for higher and additional rate taxpayers). The overall rate may in many cases be higher, since items of income such as interest and dividends remain liable to income tax. In addition, those who are not domiciled in the UK (“non-doms”) will no longer be able to benefit from the remittance basis of taxation in relation to their carried interest returns to the extent that they perform the relevant investment management services inside the UK. Further details are set out in our client memorandum of 16th July, 2015 (UK Summer Budget 2015).