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Sub-Committee hears from business, software developers and legal experts

12 October 2018

The Economic Affairs Finance Bill Sub-Committee questions two panels as part of the Sub-Committee's ongoing inquiry on the draft Finance Bill 2018. First, the Sub-Committee considers Making Tax Digital for VAT from the perspective of small businesses, software developers and tax simplification. Second, legal experts give their views on developments in HMRC's powers in recent years.


Monday 15 October in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 4.05pm

  • Mike Cherry, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Sion Lewis, CEO, IRIS Accountancy Solutions 
  • Paul Morton, Tax Director, Office for Tax Simplification

Then at 4.50pm

  • Lydia Challen, Chair of the Tax Law Committee, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Jason Collins, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Malcolm Gammie QC, Chair of the Tax Law Review Committee, Institute of Fiscal Studies.

Likely questions

Questions likely to be covered in the first session include:

  • How effectively has HMRC communicated with taxpayers and agents about Making Tax Digital for VAT?
  • The success of the Making Tax Digital for VAT in April 2019 depends on the software industry delivering reliable and easy to use solutions to their customers. Has this happened?

Questions likely to be covered in the second session include:

  • What powers granted to HMRC in the last few years give you greatest cause for concern? 
  • How can tax avoidance be tackled effectively without undermining safeguards for taxpayers?

Further information

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