Blog archive - 2018

The CBI and three international development NGOs – ActionAid, Christian Aid and Oxfam – have published a joint briefing identifying common ground between them in relation to use of tax incentives in the developing world.

A new report has called for national insurance for pensioners, replacing council tax with a tax based more closely on property values, halving SDLT and replacing inheritance tax with a lifetime receipts tax.

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has launched a report titled Universal Credit: supporting the self-employed. The report draws extensively on written and oral evidence from the CIOT’s Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG).

A much-anticipated meeting of the Brexit cabinet committee to consider Post-Brexit Customs arrangements ended inconclusively on Wednesday, according to reports.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) held an oral evidence session on HMRC's performance, on Monday 30 April 2018. The witnesses were Jon Thompson, Permanent Secretary, HMRC, and Jim Harra, Second Permanent Secretary, HMRC. Chair Meg Hillier, Labour, opened the hearing by comparing this ‘catch-up’ session with HMRC to the BBC show Mastermind, given the likely range of questions on taxation by MPs directed towards the tax authority’s representatives 

The House of Commons has passed a motion calling on the Government to include the establishment of an effective UK-EU customs union as an objective in Brexit negotiations. The motion was passed without a vote after the Government instructed its MPs to abstain and most opponents of such a customs union stayed away. (The full motion appears at the bottom of this report.)


The Treasury Committee began its inquiry into tax avoidance and evasion this week (17), with a session with two witnesses: David Richardson, Interim Director-General, Customer Strategy and Tax Design, HMRC and Esther Wallington, Chief People Officer, HMRC.

The Government have been heavily defeated on a cross-party amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill calling for them to explore a customs union with the EU, during report stage in the House of Lords.

I sometimes need to do a double take when it comes to international tax. We read of double taxation, double non-taxation, double tax treaties, double tax relief. It is enough to make anyone see double. It is time to double down on our efforts to clear up any confusion.

The House of Commons Treasury Committee has launched a report on Childcare, recommending the Government: