Small businesses urged to sign e-petition against new Family Business Tax Wednesday 13 February 2008 PDF Print London, 13 February 2008: Small businesses are being urged to sign an online petition calling on the Prime Minister to abandon plans for a new tax that would have a disastrous impact on family businesses throughout the UK. The Government’s proposals on what it calls “income shifting” will target all jointly-owned businesses, and family businesses in particular: if profits are not shared out in what the tax man sees as a “commercial” way, there could be a heavy tax penalty to pay. Businesses will have to keep extensive records of every contribution to a business, and calculate how much it is worth – whether it is work, capital or ideas. They will then have to justify the distribution of profits to family members or other joint owners if the tax man investigates them: these investigations will be lengthy, stressful and expensive. “The proposals create a sort of nightmarish reverse national lottery,” commented John Brazier, managing director of the Professional Contractors Group (PCG). “Everyone will be forced to buy a ticket, and if your unlucky number comes up you could face a mauling from HMRC and a hefty tax bill at the end of it. “Even if you are not clobbered by a tax investigation, you will still have to jump through all the hoops and keep all the records – most of them totally unnecessary for running a family business.” PCG, which represents the UK’s freelancers, set up the online petition in December: petitions.pm.gov.uk/IncomeShifting1. It has also set up a dedicated campaign website, at www.familybusinesstax.co.uk. For further information: Michele Bayliss PCG PR Tel: 01273 475672 Mobile: 0777 937 2106 E: firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Michele Bayliss PR in the following categories: Food & Drink, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Medical & Pharmaceutical, Media & Marketing, Farming & Animals, Construction & Property, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.