UK tax competitiveness: Succeeding in uncharted waters

Assessing the UK's tax competitiveness

Our annual thought leadership publication based on market research among tax decision makers in both UK and non-UK companies.


Partner and Head of International Tax

KPMG in the UK


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There is no doubt 2016 was one of the most interesting years in recent times. Buffeted by a unique set of domestic, political and international economic pressures over the past 12 months, following Brexit UK businesses now face a period of flux and uncertainty as the government resets the country’s future on a global stage.

In order to gauge business sentiment and prospects for the UK, we interviewed 100 senior tax decision makers in the largest UK listed companies and foreign-owned subsidiaries and 60 companies from across the other G7 nations: the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Despite possible turbulence ahead, as we enter Brexit negotiations, it’s still business as usual - a sentiment reflected in our research into the competitiveness of UK tax rates.

Our 2016 study shows that companies continue to assess their business location in similar ways to previous years – taking into account factors like political and economic stability, market size, cost and availability of a skilled labour force.

Some of our key findings include:

  • Overall the UK retains its position as the 2nd most competitive tax system globally 
  • However, when assessing the sentiment of non-UK companies the UK's tax competitiveness dropped from 1st to 5th 
  • There is potential net outflows of business functions from the UK 
  • Executives cite Brexit as having the greatest impact on investment & business activities in 2017

Read the Tax Competitiveness report: Succeeding in uncharted waters; assessing the competitiveness of the UK, to discover the findings of the survey.

You can download our Succeeding in uncharted waters: Assessing the competitiveness of the UK report.  

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