Dow Schofield Watts provides a partner-led service for corporates, owner-managed businesses and private equity clients, advising on both direct and indirect taxation.

M&A and Other Business Tax Issues

Dow Schofield Watts Tax Consulting advises on a wide range of business tax issues with a particular focus on mergers, acquisitions and business restructuring. We work closely with our clients to help them achieve their objectives with maximum tax efficiency by using our technical knowledge and commercial know – whether it be remuneration planning, profit extraction or implementing a share incentive scheme to motivate the management to grow the business ready for shareholder exit.

We offer a comprehensive tax due diligence and transaction tax service advising on acquisitions, disposals, MBOs, MBIs, demergers and other forms of business reorganisations. With our vast experience we can offer all forms of support throughout the process for example in negotiating tax warranties, indemnities and other SPA-related matters.

VAT Services

Our VAT services include comprehensive due diligence and transaction planning services.  We are also very successful at identifying and realising VAT savings for clients, often in unexpected areas, and ensuring that VAT recovery opportunities are maximised, including securing retrospective VAT refunds.  We can also help review and improve VAT processes to minimise VAT risks.  Our VAT partner is ex-HMRC and is very experienced at liaising and negotiating with HMRC on behalf of clients. We also advise on other indirect taxes, including Customs Duties.