MTD among reforms dropped from Finance Bill

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The Government’s “Making Tax Digital” policy has been dropped from the Finance Bill after blanket opposition from taxpayers, business groups and senior political figures across all parties.

The initiative would have forced millions of businesses and self-employed people to file multiple tax returns each year. Anita Monteith, tax manager at ICAEW, said: “This is a sensible decision by government. Making Tax Digital plans remain controversial and need more scrutiny by those who will be affected, and most importantly proper parliamentary debate – a clear roadmap as to how MTD will work in practice is needed”.

The system was due to be rolled out next April and pilot schemes were already under way. Mike Cherry of the FSB said the next government will be asked to rethink the plans carefully following the election while Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of tax at the ACCA, said the delay would provide space for a proper debate.

A spokesman for Phillip Hammond would not confirm that the plans would be reintroduced once the election was over. A tax on dividend incomes and new rules for non-doms were also removed from the Bill, leading to accusations that the Conservatives were breaking their promise to crack down on tax avoidance.

Source:   The Daily Telegraph (26/04/2017)   Daily Mail (26/04/2017)   The Times (26/04/2017)   The Times (26/04/2017)    Independent i (26/04/2017)