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Jeremy Edwards is a partner at Baker & McKenzie´s London office.

The UK 2021 Budget was published yesterday, targeted at driving economic recovery as the UK begins to edge out of the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and reopen its economy.  Key to the Chancellor’s stated agenda is seeking to promote business investment and support entrepreneurial growth, whilst creating and protecting jobs and livelihoods – which the Chancellor maintains is at the forefront of his Budget mandate. We have summarized the key employment tax highlights of the 2021 Budget.

In brief On 21 January 2021, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) published updated guidance on tax treaties and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, originally issued by the Secretariat in April 2020. The OECD’s guidance reflects the Secretariat’s views on the interpretations of the tax treaties and…

The UK 2021 Budget was published yesterday, targeted at driving economic recovery as the UK begins to edge out of the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and reopen its economy.  Key to the Chancellor’s stated agenda is seeking to promote business investment and support entrepreneurial growth, whilst creating and protecting jobs and livelihoods – which the Chancellor maintains is at the forefront of his Budget mandate. We have summarized the key employment tax highlights of the 2021 Budget.

On 21 January 2021, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) published updated guidance on tax treaties and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, originally issued by the Secretariat in April 2020. 

The OECD’s guidance reflects the Secretariat’s views on the interpretations of the tax treaties and the general approach being taken by member jurisdictions, and illustrates how certain jurisdictions have addressed the impact of the pandemic on the tax situations of individuals and employers. The OECD states that the updated guidance is intended to provide greater certainty to taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In brief Having been delayed by the government at the eleventh hour last March, there are now less than 70 days to go until the new rules on IR35 are introduced. As a reminder, the revised rules impact how contractors who are engaged through personal service companies (PSCs) are taxed…

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (“Agreement”) contains a framework agreement for the future treatment of workers through a Protocol on Social Security (“Protocol”). The Protocol puts in place measures to ensure that social security benefits are coordinated and to protect individuals (and their employers) against double social security contributions.

In brief On 24 November, Glass Lewis published its 2021 Proxy Voting Guidelines for the United Kingdom (UK). Unsurprisingly the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on governance and stewardship practices is featured prominently in the updated Guidelines. The role of ESG policies is also highlighted. Notably, Glass Lewis now recommends voting…

On 10 December 2020, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a statement on capital distributions by large UK banks. In a move that reflects the PRA’s view that large UK banks remain well capitalised, it has confirmed that banks may recommence some distributions and it is updating its expectations on the payment of cash bonuses to senior staff, including all material risk takers (MRTs), by large UK banks. However, against the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the end of the Brexit transition period and the uncertainty that these entail, the PRA urges banks to take a cautious and measured approach.

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) and Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) have recently published consultations relating to the implementation of the Capital Requirements Directive V (“CRD V”) in the United Kingdom. The consultations also address how the United Kingdom’s (“UK’s”) financial services remuneration rules will work effectively at the end of the transition period following the UK’s exit from the European Union (“EU”) on 31 December 2020.