The General Election ... what will this mean for the UK's tax policy going forward?

Tuesday's surprise announcement from Theresa May, calling for a snap General Election on 8 June, got us thinking about what this may mean for the UK’s tax policy going forward.

The current parliament vowed not to increase taxes, NIC or VAT, perhaps with a new parliament, this is now subject to review and quite possibly change.

With Brexit ongoing, will a new Parliament have a different view of how the VAT system is/should be working? It is well known that this is a specific area where the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is looking to recommend reform.

For Companies, the current Parliament has reduced the Corporation Tax rate to 19% from April 17 with a pledge to reduce this further to 17% from April 2020.  It will be interesting to see whether a new government, particularly Labour……., see here, would look to change this.

The General Election gives uncertainty in the world of tax and opens opportunities for a new Government to alter/change previously agreed rates and commitments. 

We will of course keep a watchful eye on proceedings and update our clients as and when changes are announced.