UK chancellors urged to end budget secrecy and improve tax consultation

Exceptional processes around tax policy-making in the UK, based on an old-fashioned view that the chancellor of the exchequer needs “protection” from ministerial colleagues in spending departments, have contributed to an “ever-lengthening” tax code beset by confusion and poor implementation, according to a joint report by experts on tax, economics, and government.

The current tax policy-making process is “not fit for purpose,” said the Institute for Government, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and the Chartered Institute of Taxation in a joint release on January 16 …

… Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jane Ellison welcomed the report. “Too often in politics, opting not to make a change is misinterpreted as inaction or dithering, whereas in tax policy I think it could be a positive and good choice,” she said, inviting the IFG audience to help her to make the case for a “steady, measured” approach. Read more:

My news story for Tax Analysts, January 18 (paywall)

Institute for Government: Better Budgets: making tax policy better

HM Treasury: Jane Ellison’s speech at the IFG launch (original script)