Press releases


The Government announced today that HMRC’s Real Time Information (RTI) system is to be used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to reduce fraud and error in benefits.

The Government announced today that the new Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme, originally due to start in Autumn 2015, will roll out in early 2017. Parents of the youngest children will enter the scheme first and it will be open to all eligible parents by the end of 2017. The Government also confirmed today that the existing scheme, Employer-Supported Childcare, will close to new entrants from April 2018. 

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has today announced a new levy on soft drinks that contain added sugar.

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement today during the Budget that the Petroleum Revenue Tax (PRT) would be ‘effectively abolished’. 

In a neutral Budget overall, with many modest tax increases and decreases, the biggest tax increase was in corporation tax.

The LITRG has welcomed measures announced today that seek to enable more pensions advice to be made available on a tax-free basis to savers, but points out that significantly more needs to be spent on education in this area.

The Government has announced new rules restricting the amount of interest expenses that can be deducted when a company calculates its taxable profit. Commenting, Glyn Fullelove, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s International Taxes Sub-Committee, said: 

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has urged the Government to apply the same principles of simplicity, clarity and brevity to the tax code as it is urging businesses to apply to their terms and conditions online.

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has called on the Government to rethink its approach to legislating for the Apprenticeship Levy because of a worry that smaller businesses may lose out by being unable to make full use of their £15,000 levy allowance. 

A plan for radical reform of national insurance (NI) has been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Taxation. The Institute sees the potential for significant simplification of the tax system and encourages the Government to seize the opportunity to make this plan a reality.