Media and politics

Financial Times journalist Vanessa Houlder reflected on her time as a tax correspondent and the challenges to reporting tax stories for this year's CTA Address   

What do we mean when we talk about the ‘rule of law’?

A committee of MPs passed the National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill without amendment on Tuesday (May 14th), including an evidence session with witnesses from CIOT among others.

A delegated legislation committee considered three statutory instruments that will be needed in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit:

The Centre for Policy Studies’ (CPS) new Think Small report calls for the government to adopt an ‘emblematic’ policy to champion small and family businesses: the Simple Consolidated Tax (SCT). 

The problems with the business rates system cannot be solved by just having more regular revaluations or just copying Scotland's example, the Treasury Committee’s latest evidence session on business rates heard today (7).

Peers raised concerns over the 2019 Loan Charge and the preparedness of business for digital tax reporting, during a debate this week (29) on two reports from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s Finance Bill Sub-Committee.

MPs have given a second reading to a Bill which makes changes to the national insurance treatment of payments relating to the termination of employment and testimonials held for sports people.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, gave evidence to the Treasury Committee on his Spring Statement and related issues. Topics covered included the 2019 loan charge, tax relief on pension contributions, government fiscal plans, the tax base and scrutiny of government spending.

A House of Lords Committee has set out a range of recommendations across different policy areas to tackle the challenge of retaining the supportive relationship between generations and take a more long-term policy approach.