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Mr David Gauke - HM Treasury

The Government has consulted on a number of tax policies following announcement at Summer Budget and previously. Today, the Government is publishing responses to these consultations alongside draft legislation to be included in Finance Bill 2016. This fulfils our objective to consult, where possible, on draft clauses for the Finance Bill, at least three months in advance of the introduction of the Bill.

The Government is publishing draft legislation on policies announced at Autumn Statement 2015 and earlier, including:

A new personal savings allowance to remove tax on up to 1,000 of savings income for basic rate taxpayers and up to 500 for higher rate taxpayers;

Reforms to dividend taxation by replacing the dividend tax credit with a tax-free dividend allowance of 5,000 and setting new dividends tax rates;

Establishing the Office of Tax Simplification on a statutory basis;

A new tax relief for orchestras at a rate of 25% on qualifying expenditure.

New measures for those who persistently enter into tax avoidance schemes that are defeated by HMRC, such as a special reporting requirement and a surcharge on those whose latest return is inaccurate due to use of a defeated scheme;

A new penalty of 60% tax due to be charged in all cases successfully tackled by the General Anti-Abuse Rule.

Detail of the clauses published today can be found in the Overview of Legislation in Draft, which includes Tax Information and Impact Notes for each measure. All publications will be available on the website.

Mr David Gauke - HM Treasury

The Chancellor has appointed Angela Knight CBE to chair the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). She succeeds The Rt. Hon. Michael Jack CBE who having served a full parliament has stood down with the Chancellors thanks.

The OTS was established as a temporary office of the Treasury in 2010 to advise the Chancellor on options for addressing complexity in the tax system. As announced at Summer Budget 2015 it will be made permanent and put on a statutory basis in Finance Bill 2016.


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