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Planned Tax Consultations (Publication)

Volume 542: debated on Tuesday 27 March 2012

Budget 2012 announced a number of tax policy changes that will be subject to consultation. HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs are today publishing the following documents:

Simpler income tax for the simplest small businesses A consultation on proposals for introducing a voluntary simplified cash basis for income tax and simplified arrangements for certain expenses for small unincorporated businesses. The Government are also today publishing the response to the Office of Tax Simplification’s “Small business tax review: final report”.

Consultation on an above the line credit for research and developmentA consultation on proposals for implementing an above the line research and development tax credit.

Proposed changes to the tax rules on manufactured paymentsA consultation on proposals to simplify the tax rules on manufactured payments, including the rules on manufactured overseas dividends.

Possible changes to the income tax rules on interest A consultation on proposals for changes to income tax rules on the taxation of interest received, and rules on the deduction of tax from interest paid.

The following consultations are due to be published before Parliament returns from recess on 16 April:

Week commencing 2 April 2012

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)A consultation on (1) the role REITs can play in supporting the social housing sector; and (2) the tax treatment of REITs investing in REITs.

Remote gamblingA consultation on the design characteristics of a place of consumption based taxation regime for remote gambling.

Herbal smoking productsA consultation on bringing the tax treatment of legally available herbal smoking products in line with the treatment of those containing tobacco.

Details of these and other planned consultations are included in a consultation tracker, available from the HM Treasury website:

The tracker includes specific anticipated launch dates wherever possible, to help representative groups and others manage their engagement with the Government on tax policy development. HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury will discuss the timing of consultations with these groups. Any changes to the dates mentioned above will be publicised on the tax consultation tracker.