Consultations launched on first ‘Tax Day’ in the UK

Industry News - 14th April 2021

The government has published over 30 updates, consultations and documents on the first-ever ‘Tax Day’ in the UK.

The announcements, which would traditionally be published on Budget Day, were released later (23 March) to allow for scrutiny from stakeholders.

As part of the ‘Tax policies and consultations update’, a number of changes have been made to tax policy:

  • It was announced that HMRC will tighten rules to force holiday let landlords to prove they have made a realistic effort to rent properties out for at least 140 days per year. There are suspicions that many simply declare that they will do this but leave the properties empty. Declaring a home to be a holiday let means that it is exempt from council tax and owners pay business rates instead.
  • In addition, The Treasury has published plans to cut the rate of domestic Air Passenger Duty. The consultation also seeks views on supporting the UK’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 by increasing the number of international distance bands.
  • The government has also signified that inheritance tax (IHT) reporting regulations ‘will be simplified’ to ensure that, from 1 January 2022, more than 90% of non-taxpaying estates will no longer have to complete IHT forms when probate or confirmation is required.

Jesse Norman, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said:

‘We are making these announcements to increase the transparency, discipline, and accessibility of tax policymaking.

‘These measures will help us to upgrade and digitise the UK tax system, tackle tax avoidance and fraud, among other things.

‘Many of today’s announcements form a key part of the government’s wider 10-year plan to build a trusted, modern tax system.’

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