The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that UK businesses spent £25 billion on Research and Development (R&D) in 2018.
Data from the ONS showed that total R&D expenditure increased from £23.7 billion in 2017 to £25 billion in 2018.
The report showed:
the aerospace industry saw the largest increase in R&D expenditure with a total spend of £210 million
the UK telecoms sector also experienced fast growth in R&D spending, increasing by 25.4% in 2018 to £192 million.
According to the ONS, the government’s funding of R&D amounted to £1.7 billion in 2018, which accounted for 6.9% of all R&D expenditure. The data revealed that machinery, equipment and shipbuilding were the biggest beneficiaries from government funding.
HMRC has published guidance for people who hold cryptoassets, typically cryptocurrency or Bitcoin, explaining what taxes they may need to pay and what records they need to keep. HMRC has also published further information for businesses and companies about the tax treatment of cryptoasset transactions.
HMRC advises that these papers set out HMRC’s view of the appropriate tax treatment of cryptoassets, based on the law as it stands on the date of publication and that the tax policy in this area may develop as the sector develops.