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Some observations on Google UK's financial statement, published today

The concept of earmarking sources of taxation for particular items of expenditure (hypothecation) finds common appeal both from people who want to see an increase in spending on a particular thing and those who want to cut the amount of tax the public pay. 

So, in two years time the bell will toll, the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ will take effect and the UK will leave the European Union. What will this mean for our tax system?

How different ways of working should be taxed was the topic in the latest CIOT/IFS debate, held at the RSA on Monday (20 March 2017)

Work and Pensions Committee continues to call witnesses to discuss  self-employment and the gig economy. The Committee took evidence from, among other people, Victoria Todd of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG).

This House of Commons Committee has produced a report which acknowledges that the tourism industry in Northern Ireland has struggled to compete with the tourism industry in the Republic of Ireland.

The Treasury Committee met with the Institute for Fiscal Studies to help with its inquiry into the Spring Budget 2017.

Following criticism, including by some Conservative MPs, of his decision to raise Class 4 National Insurance (paid by the self-employed), Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in a parliamentary statement that he would be dropping the proposal. The u-turn was welcomed by MPs across the political spectrum.

The four day Budget debate continued in the early part of this week, ahead of the Chancellor’s announcement of a u-turn on national insurance. A summary of days three and four are below. A summary of the debates on day one and two can be found here.

The CIOT has produced a summary of last week's debates on the March 2017 Budget, in the House of Commons. The Budget will continue to be debated this week.