UK government defends record on tax treaties with developing countries

The UK government shares the aims of a private members’ bill that would force Cabinet ministers to assess and report on the impact of tax treaties with developing countries, but it would not be feasible for the government to meet the bill’s practical requirements, Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jane Ellison said.

The Double Taxation Treaties (Developing Countries) Bill, sponsored by Roger Mullin, Scottish National Party member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, was presented to Parliament in June and debated on December 16.

Read more: My news story for Tax Analysts December 20 (paywall).