Blog archive - 2019

The next twenty years of devolution will see a consolidation of Scotland’s devolved tax powers and the need for the Westminster and Holyrood governments to work together to ensure the health of the tax system.

It was a quiet statement on the tax front. These are our main quick observations.

The former head of the UK tax authority was one of the speakers at the latest CIOT/IFS Debate, on the topic of the powers of HMRC and the responsibility of citizens in today's world.

Our weekly update of developments in Brexit-related secondary legislation. Four more statutory instruments (SIs) have been tabled.

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) held a session this week (5) to look at HMRC’s progress on Brexit The session touched on HMRC progress against NAO’s update memorandum on UK border and UK preparedness for Brexit, and also on employment taxes.

Our weekly update of developments in Brexit-related secondary legislation – and it’s been a busy week.

I was so sorry to miss the CIOT/IFS debate on the powers of HMRC and the responsibility of citizens in today's world, due to a vote in Parliament. It won’t have escaped anyone’s notice that Parliamentary business and timing is a bit difficult to predict at the moment!

MSPs last week voted to back the Scottish Government’s income tax proposals for 2019/20.

Kelly Sizer, of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, has had to pull out of tonight's (25/2/19) CIOT/IFS Tax Debate on HMRC Powers. However, she has set out her thoughts on the topic below.

Paul Morton reflects on his time as Tax Director at the Office of Tax Simplification, suggesting that non-tax professionals and ordinary taxpayers should have more of an influence on the OTS’ work.