The year 2018 will see a storm brewing around the employment status of workers in the UK. This follows 2017’s appeal from Uber, directly to the Supreme Court, to try to overturn an earlier Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) which found that its drivers are, in fact, ‘workers’.

MPs on the Public Bill Committee debated the first 12 clauses of the Bill and heard arguments around use of delegated legislation and factors that should be considered in setting customs tariffs.

MPs agree clauses 13-22 of the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, in debates which took place on Tuesday 30 January. Topics covered included remedies for dumping, appointment of customs agents and procedures for approving authorised economic operators.

Conservative John Stevenson, a solicitor, opened a debate on stamp duty by saying the key issue in housing policy is to get the mix between property ownership, the private rented sector and social housing right. He wants to see a national housing framework with a more flexible local policy.

MPs on the Public Bill Committee heard oral evidence and questioned Customs experts, business representatives and other witnesses as they began their deliberations on the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill (also known as the Customs Bill). The CIOT's submission to the committee was discussed.

Report on Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill second reading debate in the House of Commons on Monday 8 January 2018.

A live blog of the fifth and sixth public bill committee sittings of Finance (No.2) Bill 2017-19, which took place on Tuesday 16 January at 9.25am and 2pm. Issues debated included double tax relief, offshore trusts, VAT and online marketplaces and landfill tax. Clauses 30-50 were passed along with a range of amendments.

A live blog of the third and fourth public bill committee sitting of Finance (No.2) Bill 2017-19, which took place on Thursday 11 January at 11.30am and 2pm. Issues debated included taxation of partnerships, R&D credits and other corporation tax matters, chargeable gains and capital allowances. Clause 18-29 were passed.

A live blog of the first public bill committee sitting of Finance (No.2) Bill 2017-19, which takes place on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 9.25am.

CIOT hosted a speech and roundtable discussion with HMRC Chair Edward Troup and a small group of senior representatives from the tax profession on Monday last week. Mr Troup was speaking ahead of his retirement from HMRC at the end of this month. At the event he talked about how he saw HMRC and the tax profession developing in the future, including his belief that government was likely to be tempted to put further responsibilities on tax advisers in the future. Most eye-catchingly he thought one possible direction was segmentation of tax agents, categorising them with different levels of ‘risk rating’, with their clients being scrutinised accordingly.