APPG on Taxation meeting with Jesse Norman MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The next meeting of the APPG Taxation will be between 11.30am - 12.30pm on Tuesday 9th July 2019 in Room C, 1 Parliament Street.

We are delighted to have Jesse Norman MP, newly appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, speaking at this meeting. He was appointed as Paymaster General and Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 23 May 2019 and was previously Minister of State at the Department for Transport from November 2018 to May 2019. Before that, he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport from June 2017 to November 2018.

Mr Norman also served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 18 July 2016 until 14 June 2017. During the 2010 to 2015 Parliament he was a member of the Treasury Select Committee and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership. In June 2015 he was elected Chair of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. He was awarded Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year and The House Backbencher of the Year in 2012; and was elected as the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire in May 2010.

Mr Norman will be focusing on the following topics at the meeting:

  • Overview of Budget 2018 and Spring Statement 2019 taxation legislation and rates;

  • Impact of Brexit deal / no deal scenarios on UK's taxation system;

  • Global tax rules for the digital age (reforms to the international corporate tax framework for digital businesses); and

  • Future of taxation under a new Government / post-Brexit (including Gig Economy, taxation of digital businesses, tax simplification, and VAT reform options)

We expect the meeting to be oversubscribed so please RSVP to murray.stewart@tfa-ltd.co.uk or call on 07557 805505 at your earliest convenience.

APPG Taxation meeting with HMRC on 26th February 2019

11.30am, Tuesday 26th February 2019

Jim Harra, Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary, HMRC will outline HMRC's strategic objectives including on: tax avoidance and evasion; ensuring a smooth and orderly EU exit; supporting welfare and pension reform; Digital Tax Accounts; and supporting cross-government commitments.

Update: the minutes from the meeting can be accessed here

APPG Taxation Budget 2018 meeting with Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Peter Dowd MP on 5th December 2018

The APPG on Taxation’s next meeting focusing on the Opposition’s response to the Autumn Budget 2018 will take place at 11.30am on Wednesday 5th December.

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd MP has very kindly agreed to speak at the meeting to outline the Opposition’s response to HM Treasury’s Budget 2018 tax-related announcements including: proposals for a new digital services tax; changes to Corporation Tax and Stamp Duty rates; amendments to tax legislation to reflect EU exit; Finance Bill 2018-19; VAT reform; and tax administration.

 We are also delighted to have an expert panel join us to discuss Labour's Budget 2018 response and wider taxation policy objectives:

  •  Paul Hackett - Director, The Smith Institute

  • Alan Lockey - Head of Research, Demos

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Update: the minutes taken at the meeting can be accessed here

APPG on Taxation meeting focusing on tax and the implications of Brexit on 14th November 2018

APPG on Taxation meeting focusing on tax and the implications of Brexit on 14th November 2018

The next APPG Taxation meeting focusing on tax and the implications of Brexit will take place at 12.45pm on Wednesday 14th November.

Founded in 2006, the APPG aims to create a 'safe space' for parliamentarians and interested stakeholders to meet, discuss and develop innovative proposals to reform, simplify and make the UK's taxation system fairer. You can find a link to our website with further information here.

The meeting will consider how the UK’s taxation system could be impacted by Brexit, as we prepare to leave the European Union.  Indirect taxes, such as VAT and customs duties - as well as certain direct taxes - could be significantly impacted by Brexit, which creates an unprecedented opportunity for the Government to reform and gain more flexibility on the structure of these taxes in the UK.

We are delighted to have an expert panel to lead the discussion, consisting of:

  • Richard Wild, Head of CIOT Tax Technical Team

  • Rory Meakin, Research Fellow at TaxPayers Alliance

  • Tom Clougherty, Head of Tax, Centre for Policy Studies

  • Barry Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sports and former Chartered Accountant

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Update: the minutes from the meeting can be accessed here.

APPG on Taxation - AGM Minutes and Updated Programme of Activity

The APPG on Taxation held its AGM on 17th July 2018. During the meeting a programme of activity for Q3/Q4 2018 was agreed and new APPG Officials were elected from the Parliamentary membership.

The following officers were elected to the APPG on Taxation:

  • Ian Liddell-Grainger MP (Chair)
  • John Stevenson MP (Vice Chair)
  • Baroness Kramer (Vice Chair)
  • Lord McKenzie of Luton (Treasurer)

The minutes from the meeting can be accessed here.

The updated Programme of Activity for Q3/Q4 2018 can be viewed here.

APPG on Taxation AGM on Tuesday 17th July 2018

The new date for the AGM of the APPG Taxation will be taking place between 11.30 - 12.30 on Tuesday 17th July.

Set up in 2006, and chaired by Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, the Group has made a strong contribution to the development of taxation policy in the UK. It has produced a series of papers and reports on proposals to reform tax administration and has hosted a number of private and public events on a wide range of taxation issues.

Working in partnership with HM Treasury, the Group aims to create a “safe space” for Parliamentarians and interested stakeholders to meet, discuss and develop innovative proposals to reform and make the UK’s taxation system fairer. 

During the next 12 months the Group will be holding regular meetings when Parliament is sitting; and it plans to examine key issues including the implications of EU Brexit on the UK’s taxation system; promoting tax simplification; and the future of taxation. Indeed, the Group’s next meeting on 17th July at 11.30 will discuss the future programme of work / meetings for 2018 / 19. 

If you would like to attend, please email will.thomson@tfa-ltd.co.uk for more information

APPG on Taxation - Spring Statement Meeting - Minutes

On Wednesday 18th April, the Group hosted a meeting focusing on the Spring Statement 2018 with the Financial Secretary, Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, speaking to Corporate and Parliamentary members about upcoming changes to the tax system.

The Spring Statement (on 13th March 2018) provided an update on the UK’s economic and fiscal position, reported on progress since the 2017 Autumn Budget, and launched several consultations with relevant stakeholders at “earlier stages” of policymaking. This is in line with the Chancellor’s desire to take a longer-term, more holistic approach to policymaking that will facilitate focusing attention on key macroeconomic challenges confronting the UK.

The Statement included updates and announcements concerning business rates, skills and education, housing, transport and digital connectivity. The Chancellor also announced a series of consultations on future changes to the tax system, including on:

  • Tackling the plastic problem
  • Corporate tax and the digital economy: position paper
  • Cash and digital payments in the new economy
  • Financing growth in innovative firms: Enterprise Investment Scheme knowledge-intensive fund consultation
  • Business rates: delivering more frequent revaluations
  • VAT registration threshold: call for evidence
  • Taxation of self-funded work-related training
  • Online platforms’ role in ensuring tax compliance by their users
  • Alternative method of VAT collection – split payment

The meeting provided a chance for members to discuss taxation policy issues directly with the Financial Secretary and gain an understanding of Government thinking on the changing nature of the economy. 

This meeting was held under Chatham House Rule - as a member of the Group, if you would like to access the minutes taken at the meeting, please contact will.thomson@tfa-ltd.co.uk

Our AGM will be taking place on the Wednesday 13th June, with more details to be announced shortly. If you would like some more information about joining the Group, please email will.thomson@tfa-ltd.co.uk

APPG on Taxation Spring Statement Meeting with Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The Group’s next meeting will take place between 15.00 - 16.00 on Wednesday 18th April.

We are delighted to have Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, speaking at this meeting which will focus on the upcoming Spring Statement on Tuesday 13th March 2018.

Mr Stride will be providing an overview of the Government's response to the forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility, as well as detailing any new proposals on the Taylor Review of the Gig Economy; tax simplification, digital taxation, NIC and VAT reform.  

If you would like to attend this meeting, please get in touch with Will Thomson at will.thomson@tfa-ltd.co.uk or call on 07557 547 490 at your earliest convenience.

APPG Taxation meeting focusing on the Taylor Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy

The group's first meeting of the new year will take place at 12.00 on Tuesday 6th February.

This meeting will focus on reforming employment law, tax and social security for the 21st century following the Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy - Good Work: the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices (published on 11th July 2017). 

We are delighted to have Judith Freedman, Pinsent Masons Professor of Taxation Law at Worcester College Oxford, speaking at the meeting to give her thoughts on the report's findings and discuss any implications that it has for taxation policy.

Judith has been recommended to us by Matthew Taylor. At Oxford, her focus is on taxation, particularly corporate and business taxation, with special interests in tax policy and design, small businesses, the interaction between law and accounting, tax avoidance, tax and corporate social responsibility, and the use of discretion in the administration of taxation. 

In the wake of the Taylor Review's publication, she participated in a variety of expert panels to discuss the findings of the report for organisations such as the Resolution Foundation, the Employment Lawyers Association, and the Oxford University Faculty of Law.

We would be delighted if you were able to attend, please RSVP to will.thomson@tfa-ltd.co.uk or call on 07557 547 490 at your earliest convenience. 

APPG Taxation Autumn Budget 2017 meeting with Peter Dowd MP

The group's next meeting will take place on Tuesday 12th December 2017, between 12.00 - 13.00

Peter Dowd MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, will be speaking at the meeting to outline the Opposition's response to the upcoming Budget Statement on 22nd November, as well as Labour's policy positions on taxation, including proposals to support small businesses; and on NIC and VAT reform.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to will.thomson@tfa-ltd.co.uk or call on 07557 547 490 at your earliest convenience. 

APPG Taxation reforms for the 2017 Parliament

Following the AGM on the 12 July 2017, the Group has now been reformed and we look forward to continuing to make the case for effective taxation reform in the new Parliament. The agreed 2017 / 18 activity programme includes: 

1) APPGT to send a letter to HMT on suggestions for VAT reform (and Brexit). Please let me have all comments and suggested options for reform by Friday 25th August. The letter will be submitted to HMT after the Summer Recess during the September session.  

2) Tax Simplification - OTS to present to the APPG in the autumn term.

3) A taxation technology roundtable / demo event will be held in Q4 2017.

4) Finance Bill - the APPGT will examine ways to improve the policy making process and ensure that MPs on the Finance Bill Committee are better prepared / briefed. 

5) Taylor Review of the Gig economy: a presentation will be arranged in the autumn term. 

6) MTD - the APPGT will continue to examine HMT digital taxation proposals. 

7) Social care - the APPGT will examine the taxation of social care and where possible will work with other relevant APPGs to develop a cross-party committee / consensus on social care.