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COVID-19: UK Extends Deadlines For Input On Tax Reforms

Friday, May 15, 2020

The UK tax agency has extended various deadlines for responses to consultations and for other work on tax reform, in light of COVID-19.

Most consultation deadlines have been extended by three months, including on the Plastic Packaging Tax, a call for evidence on Vehicle Excise Duty, and a consultation on the HMRC Charter. The Government has said it remains committed to implementing the planned reforms.

Consultations on duty-free and tax-free goods carried by passengers and on the VAT treatment of overseas goods will continue to the existing timetable. This is to provide businesses with clarity as early as possible on the policies that will apply from the end of the Brexit transition period, and to provide them with enough time to prepare.

The Government has confirmed, too, that it is going ahead with its fundamental review of Business Rates, and a call for evidence will be published in the coming months.

Alongside the consultation extensions, the publication of some documents announced at Budget 2020, including work on tax conditionality and a consultation on stronger penalties for tobacco tax evasion, will be pushed back until the Autumn, the Government has said.

The Government has said it will set out in due course when it will publish other tax policy documents, including the consultation on aviation taxation and a call for evidence on disguised remuneration schemes.