Media and politics

The House of Lords has spent two days debating the committee stage of the Criminal Finances Bill.

During a short debate on tax havens, Lord Sharkey (Liberal Democrat) was told by Lord Young of Cookham, a government whip, that the Government does not have an estimate of the loss to the Exchequer of profit shifting by UK-based companies. 

The Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into self-employment and the ‘gig economy’ continued with a session with Matthew Taylor. Taylor is Chief Executive of the of the RSA and leader of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s independent review on modern employment practices.

Some observations on Google UK's financial statement, published today

The concept of earmarking sources of taxation for particular items of expenditure (hypothecation) finds common appeal both from people who want to see an increase in spending on a particular thing and those who want to cut the amount of tax the public pay. 

So, in two years time the bell will toll, the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ will take effect and the UK will leave the European Union. What will this mean for our tax system?

How different ways of working should be taxed was the topic in the latest CIOT/IFS debate, held at the RSA on Monday (20 March 2017)

Work and Pensions Committee continues to call witnesses to discuss  self-employment and the gig economy. The Committee took evidence from, among other people, Victoria Todd of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG).

This House of Commons Committee has produced a report which acknowledges that the tourism industry in Northern Ireland has struggled to compete with the tourism industry in the Republic of Ireland.

The Treasury Committee met with the Institute for Fiscal Studies to help with its inquiry into the Spring Budget 2017.