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HMRC and HM Treasury to face questions on alleged abuses of power


HMRC and HM Treasury will give evidence on Monday 22 October 2018 to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Finance Bill Sub-Committee's inquiry into the draft Finance Bill 2018.

The Sub-Committee is investigating whether HMRC is using its powers disproportionately in its dealings with taxpayers, and preparations for the rollout of Making Tax Digital for VAT in April 2019.

At 4.05pm the Sub-Committee will hear from:

  • Ruth Stanier OBE, Director General for Customer Strategy and Tax Design, HMRC
  • Theresa Middleton, Director for Making Tax Digital for Business, HMRC
  • Lindsey Whyte, Director for Personal Tax, Welfare and Pensions, HM Treasury

Questions are likely to include:

  • Has there been a culture shift in HMRC enforcement activity?
  • Is the 2019 loan charge fair?
  • Is access to justice for taxpayers engaged in tax disputes sufficient?
  • What is the rationale behind clauses in the draft Finance Bill which would extend HMRC's time limit for dealing with offshore matters to 12 years?
  • Are HMRC and software companies ready for the full introduction of Making Tax Digital for VAT in April 2019?
  • Why are some organisations being allowed a deferral to the introduction of the Making Tax Digital for VAT regime?
  • Are businesses aware of their obligations for Making Tax Digital for VAT?

This evidence session, which is open to the public, will start at 4.05pm on Monday 22 October 2018 in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

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