Simon Sweetman's Blog

Simon Sweetman was an inspector of taxes for 18 years. He left the Inland Revenue in 1989 to join Chartered Accountants Scrutton Goodchild & Sanderson, later part of Scrutton Bland, where he was successively a senior manager and later a partner. He has been an independent consultant since 2001. He is a former member of the tax policy unit of the Federation of Small Businesses and the small business working group of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Latest posts
Aug
01
6

Oliver Letwin the other day returned to the theme of a flat tax. Why not, he cried, have a single rate of income tax to match the single rate of corporation tax? Calculations say a flat rate of 31% should do the trick.

Jul
15
2

The recent unmasking by the Times of a grubby list of celebrities who subscribed to various cunning plans for tax avoidance leads above all to the question, “Why is tax avoidance not cool any more

Jul
04
7

At quarter final stage one might presume to pick a winner. So (given the sad demise of that great expert, Paul the Octopus), bring out your baby pandas and your winsome puppies, says Simon Sweetman.

Jun
12

Tax collection has always been a contentious and difficult matter.

May
14
2

In November last year the Chancellor asked the OTS to report on the competitiveness of the UK tax system, explains Simon Sweetman.

Apr
10
2

The word is out again, with calls for the tax system to be altered so that taxpayers can understand it: A simple (not to say simple-minded) request.

Mar
26
3

…and worry about something else instead.

Mar
07
2

So now we are told by the VAT tribunal that bridge is not a sport, a decision which gives intense joy to hair-splitters everywhere such as they have not experienced since the great Jaffa Cake wars, says Simon Sweetman.

Feb
21
5

HMRC has announced that a specialised telephone service and mobile face-to-face visits for those who need extra support in dealing with their tax affairs will soon be available nationwide following a seven-month pilot, explains Simon Sweetman.

Feb
07
4

A young lad came to my door this week carrying a bag of overpriced household articles, explains Simon Sweetman.

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