CIOT/IFS Debate - Business Tax Reliefs: corporate welfare or essential elements of the tax system?

RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London , WC2N
Monday, March 5, 2018 -
6:00pm to 9:15pm

Please join for the latest in a series of lectures and debates being organised by the CIOT and the IFS to promote debate among policy-makers, opinion-formers and the wider tax and economics communities on the future of the UK and international tax systems.

The UK has a wide suite of tax reliefs and allowances for business. Are they a cost effective method of promoting investment? Or are some of them a waste of money? Are critics right to brand them ‘corporate welfare’?

Our panel will bring a range of perspectives to this important debate, taking a rigorous approach to examining whether our system of business reliefs and allowances – including those to encourage investment in business – are fit for purpose or whether some of the money ‘spent’ on them should be diverted to alternative uses.

The panel will consist of:

Kevin Farnsworth, Reader in Social Policy, University of York
Annie Gascoyne, Head of Economic Policy, Confederation of British Industry
Helen Miller, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Rob Prideaux, Director, National Audit Office

The debate will be chaired by John Preston, President, Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Organiser name: 
Clara Roberts
Organiser email: