British Budget Offers Tax Breaks For Hedge Fund Managers

Mar 26 2013 | 12:45pm ET

It is unclear whether British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's plan to cut the price of a pint of beer by a penny will do much to cheer the average recession-weary Briton, but some other aspects of his budget, unveiled last week, will do a great deal to cheer the U.K.'s hedge fund managers.

The proposed budget both cuts the top tax rate and does away with a levy on asset managers. Ending the latter, the stamp duty reserve tax, is estimated to save hedge funds and other money managers a total of £145 million per year.

The stamp duty required asset managers to pay 0.5% when investors sold units in their funds. Osborne said doing away with it would help keep the U.K.'s asset management industry "world-beating."

In addition, Osborne proposed cutting the U.K.'s top tax rate to 45%. Three years ago, the U.K.'s former government boosted the top rate from 40% to 50%, raising fears about an exodus of high-earning hedge fund managers from the country that has mostly failed to materialize.

The Labour Party, who pushed the 50% rate and who are now in opposition, were quick to blast Osborne's budget as a give-away to his rich hedge fund friends. Osborne's Conservative Party has received millions in donations from hedge fund managers, including the money that helped them win the 2010 election.

In Depth

Related-Company Fees: Normal Industry Practice or Conflicted Compensation?

Nov 11 2015 | 4:23pm ET

Regulatory agencies as well as investors are increasingly exploring whether certain...


Ferrari Roars in Wall Street Debut

Oct 21 2015 | 4:28pm ET

Shares of supercar maker Ferrari jumped as much as 15 percent to a high of nearly...

Guest Contributor

Private Debt - What is the Opportunity?

Nov 11 2015 | 3:28pm ET

In this contributed article, Rob Allard, founding partner of Firebreak Capital...


Editor's Note

    Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET

    One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…