CIOT/IFS debate: Taxing Families - 30 years after the introduction of independent taxation have we got it right?

RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 -
6:00pm to 9:15pm

Please join us for the latest in a series of lectures and debates being organised by the CIOT and the IFS to promote debate among policy-makers, opinion-formers and the wider tax and economics communities on the future of the UK and international tax systems.

In the summer of 1988 Parliament passed legislation bringing in independent taxation of husbands and wives. 30 years on, our debate will assess how the system is faring, considering questions such as:

  •          Should the transferable Marriage Allowance be extended – or scrapped?
  •          Has the High Income Child Benefit Charge undermined the principle of independent taxation?
  •          Is there a contradiction between individual assessment for tax and joint assessment for tax credits and benefits?
  •          Does it matter that government uses different definitions of a couple across the tax and benefit system?

The panel will consist of:

Stuart Adam, Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Fran Bennett, Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, and Women's Budget Group
Don Draper, Co-founder, Tax and the Family, and co-author of Independent Taxation – 25 years on
Gillian Wrigley, Technical Officer, Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, and lead author of Couples in the tax and related welfare systems
The debate will be chaired by Ray McCann, President, Chartered Institute of Taxation.
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Organiser name: 
Clara Roberts
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