Employment Taxes

 


Liveblog on Treasury Sub-committee evidence session with CIOT President Ray McCann. The session is part of the “conduct of tax enquiries and resolution of tax disputes” inquiry and covered current employment taxes issues, including the disguised remuneration loan charge and IR35 reform.

MPs resumed debate and passed clauses 7 on Optional remuneration arrangements, 11 about beneficiaries of tax-exempt employer-provided pension benefits, 12 which related to employment and social security income and clauses 13 which dealt with tax treatment of sales of UK land by non-UK residents. All Opposition amendments were defeated. There were regular mentions of the CIOT/IfG Better Budgets report which Labour used to criticise the Government's approach to this Finance Bill. The Public Bill Committee will begin the next session on Thursday on clause 14, which covers disposals of UK land and payments on account of capital gains tax.

MPs debated and agreed clauses 1-4 of Finance Bill (No.3), agreeing that the government should continue to levy income tax and corporation tax, and the rates of income tax for 2019-20. Attempts by opposition MPs to get the committee to take oral evidence from experts, and to require the government to review aspects of tax policy, were rejected.

MPs from across the political spectrum channelled the anger and distress of constituents affected by the ‘2019 loan charge’, during a 90 minute debate in Westminster Hall on Tuesday, and argued the government’s efforts should be focused on those who had enabled and promoted loan schemes rather than their often unwitting clients.

Finance Bill (No.3) began its committee stage today with two days of Committee of the Whole House scheduled for today and tomorrow. The clauses debate today focused on tax thresholds and reliefs and on Brexit.

The CIOT comments on Exemptions relating to emergency vehicles.

The CIOT comments on FB 2018-19 Exemption for benefit in form of vehicle-battery charging at workplace.

The CIOT comments on FB 2018-19 Changes to Optional Remuneration Arrangements rules for taxable cars and vans.

HMRC have confirmed that from 19 November 2018 they will be reviewing and reworking up to 30,000 self-assessment returns for 2016-17 filed online where they consider that there is a risk that their tax calculator has incorrectly computed the individual’s tax liability.

This was a fairly quiet conference on the tax front for the Conservatives, new announcements limited to a stamp duty increase for foreign buyers, edging a little closer to a Digital Services Tax, tweaks to the apprenticeship levy and another year of a fuel duty freeze. Various outriders would like to see more radical changes though – especially corporation tax cuts – and there are hints these might be considered depending on the outcome of the Brexit process.