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Taper relief should prompt business asset review

The change to business taper relief whereby business assets will attract 75% relief once they have been held for four years compared to the mere 40% relief available after ten years of ownership for non-business assets is a boost for business owners who are contemplating the sale of their businesses. However, the change means that it is more important than ever to ensure that the business taper scale is obtained and so businesses should continue to consider whether it is prudent to hold large amounts of cash or investments within the company as opposed to extracting cash from the company in a tax efficient way, either in the form of dividends or via the salary and pension route.

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