Indirect Taxes

 


MPs on the Finance (No.3) Bill public bill committee recommenced their clause by clause scrutiny of the Finance Bill at 11.30 am on Thursday 6 December, starting with clauses 57-58 on vehicle excise duty (VED). No Opposition amendments were successful.

MPs continued their committee stage scrutiny of the Finance Bill this afternoon. Debate was initially concluded on clauses 36 and 37, relating to oil activities and petroleum revenue tax, moving on to stamp duty land tax (higher rates for additional dwellings etc), and other stamp duty and SDRT measures. The committee then move on to debate clauses 50-52, on VAT, and changes to alcohol and tobacco duties, concluding at clause 56.

Second and final day of Finance Bill Committee of Whole House, debating clauses, new clauses and amendments about gaming duty and fixed odds betting terminals, and tax avoidance and evasion. The government accepted opposition proposals and made its own amendments.

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 the House of Lords Economic Affairs Finance Bill Sub-committee Inquiry on the draft Finance Bill 2018.

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.

The Chartered Institute of Taxation held a roundtable on Customs and Brexit, in Parliament, earlier this month. Glyn Fullelove, Deputy President, Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), chaired the meeting and the parliamentary sponsor of the event was Kirsty Blackman MP.

The CIOT comments sent to HMRC on Draft legislation: VAT reverse charge for construction services.

MPs have approved the Trade Bill - the companion bill to the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill – which covers non-tariff barriers in relation to ‘transitioning’ the EU’s trade agreements to UK agreements.

Two new clauses and 50 amendments were passed to the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill (also known as the customs bill) at its report stage this week (Monday 16 July). The most significant of these were amendments tabled by the European Research Group (ERG) of ‘Brexiteer’ Conservative backbenchers designed for the most part to prevent the government agreeing too close a relationship with the EU. These were accepted by the government, though two were opposed by the opposition and some Conservative MPs, and passed by just three votes in each case.