Blog archive - 2019

The Treasury Committee this week continued its inquiry into business rates to scrutinise how government policy has impacted business.

The new Conservative party leader – and the next Prime Minister – will be either the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson or the current foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt. They have to convince the 160,000 party members to vote for them, with the final result to be announced during the week of 22 July. There will be a head-to-head debate on ITV on 9 July. 

Our regular update of tax and customs-related developments in secondary legislation.

Should the state pay more for social care? Ciot's Tax Policy Director John Cullinane examines the issue for the Western Mail newspaper.

Our regular update of tax and customs-related developments in secondary legislation.

After the first round of voting by MPs, six candidates remain in the Conservative leadership election, and tax remains a key policy battleground in the contest, second only to Brexit. 

The National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons this week. The Bill will introduce a limited class 1A employer charge on termination payments over £30,000 and on payments over £100,000 related to non-contractual sporting testimonials.

Business rates came in for plenty of criticism from expert witnesses during the Treasury Committee's ongoing inquiry into business rates.

Treasury Committee Chair Nicky Morgan explained why she is against a Budget Committee, even suggesting that such a committee would let the departmental select committees off the hook a bit. 

The Prime Minister Theresa May officially steps down as the leader of the Conservative Party today (Friday), but will remain as Prime Minister until her successor is chosen. She announced her resignation two weeks ago, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to deliver Brexit. Tax is a battleground in the leadership contest. A number of candidates and putative candidates have called for tax cuts, both generally and specifically.