It is that time of year again – carols, shopping for Christmas presents, office parties and the release of the draft clauses for the forthcoming Finance Bill 2014.
This is the next stage in the tax policy cycle, which has been established over the past few years, following the Autumn Statement. The proposed tax changes which were initially announced on Budget Day in March 2013 have been consulted on over the summer and now the detail of the draft legislation has been published. In the main, this means that there should be fewer surprises as the underlying principles of the draft clauses have already been discussed, but as always there are some interesting points of detail and in particular some specific anti-avoidance measures where there has been less prior consultation.
This is a valuable opportunity for taxpayers to examine the detail of the proposed legislation, both to understand how it might impact them and their business ahead of it becoming law and also to engage with the Government by providing feedback on whether the draft meets policy aims, or has any unintended consequences. The Government has requested comments on the draft clauses by 4 February 2014.
There are some significant areas where we have not yet had draft legislation published. These include the reform of the corporation tax loan relationship rules, on which there has been consultation over the summer, and the introduction of capital gains tax on the disposal of certain properties by non-residents (announced in last week’s Autumn Statement). Taxpayers considering the draft clauses should remember, therefore, that there is more to come from Finance Bill 2014.
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