Posts Tagged ‘tax policy’


Bewitched, bothered and bewildered

May 6, 2014

Are we not bothering with the New Approach to Tax Policy Making any more then?

Yes, the capital letters are deliberate, because it was a whole swathe of policy about making tax policy that the coalition started with when it was all shiny-new and there were all sorts of positive principles about making tax policy over a longer cycle and with more consultation and…

Are we not giving the right answers?

Only I wonder because for the second year running there’s no swathe of budget-related consultations showing up anywhere that I can find them.  I mean, there are these four:

A bank levy banding approach:  closes 8 May 2014
Theatre tax relief:  closes 8 May 2014
Implementing a capital gains tax charge on non-residents:  closes 21 Jun 2014
Direct Recovery of Debts:  closes 29 Jul 2014

But look here, at the HMRC Budget page on  And keep going, down the page, till you get to “personal tax”… where you will find a whole list of changes announced in the Budget with links to a “policy paper”.

And now click on the links to one of the “policy papers”.  Because they seem to be, well, the TIINs.  Which aren’t what I would call “policy papers”.  But they aren’t consultations, either.  So… are we not bothering with consulting this year, then?