Media and politics

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.

A private member’s bill seeking to raise the VAT registration threshold and increase the number of exemptions was debated by MPs last week but will not become law.

No new statutory instruments (SIs) on tax or customs matters have been laid this week but there have been a number of developments in scrutiny committees, and these are set out below.

The government suffered another defeat yesterday, on a motion stating that MPs continued to support the government’s approach to Brexit withdrawal negotiations.

With a no-deal Brexit appearing increasingly likely, HMRC is now warning that, in that event, 245,000 businesses would face a tsunami of new customs declarations, tariffs and VAT obligations after 29 March.