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Growing your business: Putting your tax relief benefits to work

08 Jul 2019

The general perception of tax is that, although expensive, it is a necessary evil when contributing to the UK’s economy.

However, as uncertainty surrounding Brexit runs rife, businesses have tightened their belts and are now approaching their goal of growth with far more trepidation than used to be the norm.

The government has attempted to overcome this increasing trend with the likes of tax relief and other benefits, but why are businesses not fully capitalising on this?

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Working with the tax system

Understanding how well the tax system is working for SME and mid-market businesses could not be more important, especially as we move towards a post-Brexit economy.

The main consensus the from recent research from one of the Big Four firms has concluded is that the majority of SME and mid-market businesses are still planning for growth in 2019 – in the face of obvious uncertainty – but only a quarter of these businesses see tax as “a key driver” for this.

There is an element of awareness around how the most effective tax incentives will help with job creation and investment, but, for the likes of productivity, regional development, and innovation this is not the case.

Businesses were clear in identifying the policies they felt were the greatest drivers of job creation and investment (such as additional tax relief for employee training, EIS and SEIS) but were less clear on linking tax initiatives to specific outcomes that drive innovation, creativity, and productivity.

Lack of understanding

One of the main issues as to why has been identified by the research as the complexity factor.

The report stated: “While 94% of businesses are predicting to grow at least 5% for the year ahead, less than a quarter (24%) of businesses see the tax system as a key driver, highlighting the need for more understanding of tax reliefs and incentives on offer.”

For the survey, data was collected from 1,000 SMEs and mid-market businesses across the country, each with an annual turnover of at least £10m.

82% of these businesses are privately owned.

In essence, the research shows that there are significant gaps where businesses struggle to use the tax system to help them reach their goals and find it difficult to link tax initiatives to specific outcomes.

87% of these businesses said that awareness of tax incentives was important to “some extent” when making business decisions. However, only 27% claimed that they were making full use of the various tax benefits on offer.

The data shows that businesses consistently feel that there is too much complexity in the system—the right incentives are there but making the most of them is not always straightforward for SME and mid-market businesses, which are often resource constrained.

Asking for simplicity

63% of the businesses who took part in KPMG’s survey emphasised that they believed that the simplification of the tax system should be a priority for the government going forward.

The data shows that businesses consistently feel that there is too much complexity in the system—the right incentives are there but making the most of them is not always straightforward for SME and mid-market businesses, which are often resource constrained.

Interestingly, when the report segmented businesses by their growth expectations, it was revealed that there were differing attitudes to be analysed when comparing fast or moderate growth.

78% of higher growth businesses stated that the current tax system supports growth, whereas only 18% of moderate growth businesses agreed.

Similarly, compared with 27% of businesses that say they are making maximum use of the tax system, this rises to 75% within the fastest growing segment, suggesting that growth businesses are more engaged with the tax system.

Overall, it seems that primarily through better engagement and understanding will the UK be able to drive growth from the tax system through to business.

In light of this, we encourage you to contact our team of experts and speak with them about creating a bespoke strategy, tailored to achieving growth in your business.

Riaz Kala


Associate Director

0207 043 4000

About the author

A fully qualified ACCA accountant, Riaz is a client manager and senior member of the accounts team.

He has worked with small and medium businesses for the last 10 years with clients from a wide range of sectors and industries including a number of household names in industries  as diverse as:



Boutique health clinics

Digital media

Events management

Pharma and healthcare

Independent Record Labels


Import and Exporters

General retail and wholesale





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