Blog archive - 2018

MPs held a debate on insecure work and the ‘gig economy’, initiated by Labour’s Stephanie Peacock. The debate comes on the back of the Supreme Court ruling on Pimlico Plumbers – see more here – and as the Government considers responses to its consultations linked to the Taylor Review. Most speakers were Labour, with only one Conservative backbench speaker.

The Government has responded to recommendations from the House of Commons Treasury Committee on Childcare, which were heavily influenced by the CIOT’s Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG).

The 2008 global recession may have engendered an era of deep distrust of the approach of government and business to the issue of tax, but the profession has its role to play in righting the wrongs of the past and restoring public trust in the UK and international tax systems.

The Treasury Select Committee has held its first hearing as part of its inquiry into the conduct of tax enquiries and resolution of tax disputes. Witnesses included Victoria Todd of the CIOT's Low Incomes Tax Reform Group and (in a personal capacity) CIOT Council member Keith Gordon. This liveblog was updated through the hearing.

Financial Secretary Mel Stride praised the role of the CIOT in helping shape tax policy, and promised the Government would stick to its objective of ‘decluttering the tax terrain’, in a speech at the Institute’s parliamentary reception last night (5 June).

Nicky Morgan MP, Chair of the House of Commons Treasury Committee, used her invitation from the CIOT to give the 2018 CTA address, to explain the role of the committee, briefly outline its current work and speculate on why tax has become such a hot topic in the media, as well as raise concerns about HMRC’s customer service.

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.