Powers of HMRC and Making Tax Digital reports debated

29 April 2019

On Monday 29 April 2019 the House of Lords debates two reports from the Economic Affairs Finance Bill Sub-Committee: The Powers of HMRC: Treating Taxpayers Fairly and Making Tax Digital for VAT: Treating Small Businesses Fairly.

The reports

The Powers of HMRC: Treating Taxpayers Fairly, published on 4 December 2018, examines developments in the balance of powers and safeguards between Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the taxpayer.

Making Tax Digital for VAT: Treating Small Businesses Fairly, published on 22 November 2018, considers the progress of the ‘Making Tax Digital’ programme since the Sub-Committee’s March 2017 report, Making Tax Digital for Business.

The debate

When opening the debate, the Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee and its Finance Bill Sub-Committee, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, will cover topics such as:

  • Taxpayer safeguards and access to justice;
  • HMRC culture;
  • The Loan Charge;
  • The cost of Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTD for VAT) to businesses;
  • The readiness of businesses for MTD for VAT;
  • The rationale and timetable for the overall Making Tax Digital programme.

Other members of the House of Lords expected to speak in this debate include:

Further information

Image:  House of Lords 2019 / Photography by Roger Harris

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