Dec 202016

Well, that was a quick announcement. So now we know.

This will be the last Budget to take place in March of each year. From now on, Budgets will take place each Autumn – which means next year we shall actually be having two Budgets.

But after that – well, if things go smoothly, we would be having a Budget at the end of the year, the people who sit in the Houses of Parliament will be able to talk about it for a bit and hopefully pass it by March the following year, just in time for the start of the financial year in April. Which is as it should be.

I apologise by the way for not updating my own Autumn Statement page and being generally silent for a while. A few “family troubles” have cropped up when they shouldn’t have, so I have been otherwise occupied.

But I do wish to take this opportunity to thank all my readers for reading the articles on this site, and for your kind support over the years. I hope you and your family have a restful holiday, wherever you are.

Draft Finance Bill 2017 Documents are now available

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Dec 052016

Hooray. I’ve been waiting and waiting all day for this (not really – slight exaggeration).

You can download the Draft Finance Bill 2017, together with the Explanatory Notes from this page. These documents are both in pdf format.

One other link which should be particularly useful is the  overview of the draft legislation. I would urge you all to take a look at this page while you’re also going through the draft Bill. After the opening bits we come to a section called Information about changes to tax legislation. For the first time in a long time, we have a single page on a government website where you can access links to the separate policy papers and technical notes.

Which saves me having to do it on this site. Happy reading everybody.