Life, Death and Taxes – Insights by Mr Henshaw
THE NEW 27.5% CORPORATE TAX RATE: HOW DO I GET IT?
On 1 July 2017, the new 27.5% corporate tax rate took effect. Many companies that are ‘small businesses’ will qualify for the new tax rate. Companies that do not meet the criteria will continue to have their profits taxed at ‘normal’ corporate tax rate of 30%.
A company that qualifies for the 27.5% company tax rate is called a ‘base rate entity’. Frankly, that term is not the most intuitive or logical, so I will refer to a company that qualifies for the 27.5% company tax rate as a ’27.5% Rate’ company.
The 27.5% corporate tax rate has been in the news frequently over the last month, as it has been suggested that ‘passive investment companies’ could benefit from the 27.5% tax rate. I will discuss that issue and the ins and outs of 27.5% Rate below.