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The House of Commons Treasury Committee has launched a new inquiry called ‘Tax after coronavirus’. The inquiry was launched by commitee chair Mel Stride and his fellow committee member Angela Eagle at an online event hosted by CIOT earlier today.

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (Temporary Relief) Bill passed through the House of Commons on Monday of this week. The Bill ensures that anyone buying a main home for under £500,000 before the end of March next year will pay no stamp duty.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has provided an update on the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and set out a ‘Plan for Jobs’ which includes a targeted VAT cut, a ‘Job Retention Bonus’ and a cut in stamp duty land tax (SDLT).

This year’s CTA address was delivered by Professor Stephen Mayson, a barrister and legal commentator who recently concluded a two-year assessment of the regulation of legal services in England and Wales. In his address – which was held online – Professor Mayson explored the potential future regulation of the tax advice market.

MPs are considering amendments and new clauses tabled to the Finance Bill, relating to tax reliefs and easements and support measures in response to coronavirus. After report stage third reading debate will take place.

MPs considered amendments and new clauses tabled to the Finance Bill, relating to the Digital Services Tax, the Bill's environmental impact, the loan charge and off-payroll working. 

The CIOT and Institute for Fiscal Studies hosted an online debate on Tax in the 2010s: Successes and Failures, last week (24). This is the first time one of the popular joint debates has been held online, and the event secured a record 880 registrations.

The Public Accounts Committee held a session on the Management of Tax Reliefs with officials from the Treasury and HMRC last week. The MPs also used the session to question the officials on the COVID-19 support schemes.

A live blog of the tenth and final public bill committee sitting of Finance Bill 2020 (also known as Finance Bill 2019-21), which took place on 18 June from 2.00pm. MPs debated Labour and SNP new clauses on the Bill's impact on the environment, equalities and the tax gap, among other things. 

A live blog of the ninth public bill committee sitting of Finance Bill 2020 (also known as Finance Bill 2019-21), which took place on 18 June from 11.30am. MPs approved clauses 99-105, including HMRC use of automated processes, and also passed a new clause on extending off-payroll working rules to the private sector.