To prepare for a return to the role of AccountingWEB.co.uk editor, John Stokdyk takes a personal look at how the UK tax landscape has changed in the past five years.
When I set off for my sabbatical in the world of technology in 2005, what everyone said they wanted was simplification of the tax system. Did they get it? Fat chance. The closest we got to anything approaching reform was the tax law rewrite project, which conincidentally reaches its cocnclusion with the implementation of the Companies Act 2008 in April.
Our Tax Editor Rebecca Benneyworth tells me, “They did a great job, but have not been engaged in simplification, just rewriting the legislation in more accessible language.”
Simplification never got off the ground. In spite of all the government’s good i...