Pandemic response changes U.K. tax debate, MPs told

The U.K. government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has provided a reminder of “why we pay our taxes,” former U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne told the House of Commons Treasury Committee.

Along with two other former chancellors, Alistair Darling and Philip HammondOsborne gave evidence on June 3 to the committee’s inquiry into the economic impact of the crisis. The basic argument that if you want the protection of the state, you have to pay for it is “something left and right can agree on as we come out of this pandemic,” Osborne said.

My news story for Tax Notes, June 3 (free to view):

Pandemic Response Changes U.K. Tax Debate, MPs Told