Media and politics

In the 15 months since the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, it seems that not a day goes by without articles, webexes or seminars discussing the implications of our forthcoming departure, or the sight or sound of politicians and civil servants of some shape or variety drawing often contradictory red lines.

There were few new policy announcements at the Labour party conference, instead the emphasis was on reiterating the positions they took in their manifesto for the General Election 2017.


At Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth new leader Vince Cable set out his thinking on future tax policy, and the party passed motions on business rates and the gig economy.

Ahead of our European Branch’s Amsterdam Conference next week, Tim Sarson looks at recent changes in transfer pricing (TP). 

The newly reconstituted House of Commons Treasury Committee held their first hearing of the new Parliament, focusing on Customs, but also touching on digitalisation, tax credits and other issues. Three senior HMRC officials faced the questioning. We liveblogged and summarised the discussion, 

The Public Accounts Committee held a lively evidence session on tackling VAT fraud and error today. Most of the debate was about non-EU sellers on these online marketplaces avoiding paying VAT.

The second Finance Bill of 2017 was debated by MPs today ahead of the Bill's second reading vote. We live blogged on the debate here.

There have been so many changes in the taxation of pensions in recent years that tax advisers are in danger of not seeing the wood for the trees.

MPs today debated the resolutions accompanying the autumn 2017 Finance Bill. A live blog was posted here as the debate proceeded.

The Scottish Government has raised the prospect of a rethink of the way the country’s devolved income tax powers are used.