Policy News Journal - 2014-15

As the minutes show, the CIPP attend and indeed co-chair this forum. If anyone has anything they would like the policy team to feed in please contact Karen.thomson@cipp.org.uk

Phone enquiries to HMRC about payment queries

11 July 2014

HMRC have issued a reminder and an explanation about how to direct calls about payment issues.

HMRC’s announcement clarifies the limitations of the Agent dedicated line to Debt Management and Banking, and confirms in particular that calls about employers should not use this line. Employers and their agents and bureaux are reminded to refer all their payment queries to the Employer Helpline.

New HMRC online support for employers

14 July 2014 HMRC have launched some new online learning for employers. They say that “If you have questions about your payroll, PAYE tax and National Insurance responsibilities as an employer our e-learning could help.” HMRC recommend this package as one that you can dip in and out when you need to, and say that “the e-learning will help you understand what you need to do when you take on an employee, how to deal with PAYE tax and National Insurance, including other responsibilities as an employer. There are useful tips from other employers and practical case studies to help you along the way.”

David Gauke promoted in reshuffle

17 July 2014

With all the media attention to some aspects of the Ministerial reshuffle, readers may have missed the fact that David Gauke MP, who has been effectively the Minister for HMRC for the past four years, has been promoted to become Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Priti Patel MP takes on his previous Economic Secretary role. But what will this change mean in practice? It may be that only time will tell exactly what difference this promotion will make. The Government announcement of Mr Gauke’s new post indicates a number of new roles particularly on the European stage. However it also points to continued strategic oversight of the UK tax system and a continuing role as departmental minister for HMRC. And Mr Gauke has tweeted that he is “Delighted (a) to continue with current tax role in the Treasury and (b) to do so at Minister of State level as Financial Secretary.” CIPP comment Karen in policy is pleased to report that during the annual HMRC stakeholder event held in London on 17 July, Mr Gauke confirmed he would still be responsible for HMRC and all the administration that goes with it. The CIPP is pleased with this as at least we still have a sensible politician, who listens at the helm.

CIPP response to the HMRC consultation on Direct Recovery of Debt

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