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.

Nov 222016
 

I don’t know for certain. The awful GOV.UK website tells me that the main page will be here.

And the important documents – you know, the ones that tell you what’s really going to happen – well, they are to be found here.

Oh, perhaps I’d better tell you the date. Tomorrow. Wednesday 23 November 2016. Continue reading »

Sep 082016
 

The news is in the heading. The source is here at the GOV.UK site. Particularly gratifying to see that they haven’t waited a few days after it first appears on the BBC website.

Not that there’s anything particularly wrong with the latter, but those who practice law, and professional historians and journalists all know that primary sources are always better than secondary ones. Continue reading »

Mar 162016
 

Well, today is the big day. As usual, we have a dedicated Budget page from which I will try and give an orderly presentation of the links to the various documents.

I shouldn’t have to do this of course. HMRC – or the Inland Revenue – once did this on their own site. Some of you will remember that site. You know the one I mean. When HMRC used to give out information rather than hiding archiving it. Before the days that the IT crowd started interfering with upgrading the site.

Budget Day 16 March 2016 – where are the documents?

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Mar 092016
 

They are here of course.  Well, that’s where they say they’ll be. At the moment it’s just an empty page.

But don’t you believe it – just wait till the Big Day arrives, and once more, we’ll be taken on a merry-go-round the GOV.UK pages, trying to find whatever piece of paper that we’re so desperately trying to get hold of because some client desperately wants to know whether they’ve finally abolished entrepreneurs’ relief.

So who’s looking forward to this Budget? Are you? I’m not. I’m too busy recovering from the last one.

Happy New Year for 2016

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Jan 122016
 

I would like to wish all my readers, both old and new, a Happy New Year for 2016. I hope that your year goes well, and that you all get the things that you deserve the most (which is not the same as what you want!) Continue reading »