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Two new clauses and 50 amendments were passed to the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill (also known as the customs bill) at its report stage this week (Monday 16 July). The most significant of these were amendments tabled by the European Research Group (ERG) of ‘Brexiteer’ Conservative backbenchers designed for the most part to prevent the government agreeing too close a relationship with the EU. These were accepted by the government, though two were opposed by the opposition and some Conservative MPs, and passed by just three votes in each case.

It is 30 years since legislation was introduced to move from a system of taxation where husbands and wives were taxed jointly to one where they are taxed independently. With this in mind, the latest CIOT and IFS Debate was titled Taxing Families: 30 years after the introduction of independent taxation, have we got it right? It was held before an audience of civil servants, tax professionals, economists and journalists, in the RSA’s Great Room on 26 June 2018.

The Treasury Committee has held its first evidence session as part of its inquiry into VAT as part of its wider work on Securing the Tax Base. Discussion covered VAT after Brexit, regulation of online marketplaces such as Amazon, the Uber business model, VAT planning by NHS trusts, the scale of the tax gap, Making Tax Digital and VAT, tackling VAT errors, VAT support for small businesses and VAT boundary issues.

A discussion on tax after Brexit became an opportunity for general reflections on the tax system and potential future reforms, at the latest meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Responsible Tax.

MPs held a debate on insecure work and the ‘gig economy’, initiated by Labour’s Stephanie Peacock. The debate comes on the back of the Supreme Court ruling on Pimlico Plumbers – see more here – and as the Government considers responses to its consultations linked to the Taylor Review. Most speakers were Labour, with only one Conservative backbench speaker.

The Government has responded to recommendations from the House of Commons Treasury Committee on Childcare, which were heavily influenced by the CIOT’s Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG).

The 2008 global recession may have engendered an era of deep distrust of the approach of government and business to the issue of tax, but the profession has its role to play in righting the wrongs of the past and restoring public trust in the UK and international tax systems.

The Treasury Select Committee has held its first hearing as part of its inquiry into the conduct of tax enquiries and resolution of tax disputes. Witnesses included Victoria Todd of the CIOT's Low Incomes Tax Reform Group and (in a personal capacity) CIOT Council member Keith Gordon. This liveblog was updated through the hearing.

Financial Secretary Mel Stride praised the role of the CIOT in helping shape tax policy, and promised the Government would stick to its objective of ‘decluttering the tax terrain’, in a speech at the Institute’s parliamentary reception last night (5 June).

Nicky Morgan MP, Chair of the House of Commons Treasury Committee, used her invitation from the CIOT to give the 2018 CTA address, to explain the role of the committee, briefly outline its current work and speculate on why tax has become such a hot topic in the media, as well as raise concerns about HMRC’s customer service.