9am Lowdown: Trump and business tax, Airbnb, & IHT

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Good morning and welcome to Thursday's 9am Lowdown. 

News round-up

Donald Trump has vowed to cut the US business tax rate to 15%, in a speech otherwise short on specifics, but heavy on “America first” rhetoric. (The Guardian)

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Airbnb and the Quebec government announced an agreement Tuesday that will see the home-sharing platform begin collecting a lodging tax on short-term rentals in the province as of October. (Canoe)

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UK politicians have called for the government to cushion small businesses from the impact of a court ruling on business rates (commercial property tax) bills. (Tax news)

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New HMRC guidelines on how people can downsize their home but retain the value of their previous residence for inheritance tax reduction purposes have been branded ‘impenetrable’ by the ICAEW. (Portfolio Adviser)

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