Robin Williamson

Robin Williamson MBE CTA (Fellow) is an author and commentator on tax and welfare issues. He was formerly a senior policy adviser at the Office of Tax Simplification and technical director of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Recent Posts

Discovery assessments must be 'new' and not 'stale'

Under TMA 1970, s 29, HMRC can raise an assessment where it ‘discovers’ that: Read more

Stalin ate my homework: Reasonable excuse and the Self Assessment deadline

As the title of Alexei Sayle’s acclaimed autobiography reminds us, school teachers are used to feeble excuses. So is HMRC. Each year on its website, we are entertained by examples of excuses offered... Read more

The PAYE underpayment conundrum

The PAYE underpayment conundrum The recent case of Goldsmith looked at how HMRC collects PAYE underpayments, with some interesting points on when they can validly issue a notice to file a tax return. Read more

New government, new pension fixes?

‘A number of workers, disproportionately women, who earn between £10,000 and £12,500 have been missing out on pension benefits because of a loophole affecting people with net pay pension schemes.... Read more

Tax on pension savings: Not what the doctor ordered

One of the many tax stories to stir strong feelings in recent months is the high marginal tax rates borne by higher-paid public servants whose pension contributions exceed their annual allowance.... Read more

Auto-enrolment: Caught in the net?

As many of us are living longer than our forebears and enjoying more years of leisure after our working lives, getting the right pension provision for ourselves becomes ever more important. Yet... Read more

Tooth: Court of Appeal decision cuts two ways

In HMRC Commrs v Tooth [2019] EWCA Civ 826 (heard on 2 April 2019), the Court of Appeal reaffirmed that, in order for there to be a ‘discovery’ under TMA 1970 s 29, HMRC had to reach a conclusion... Read more

Tax powers and taxpayer safeguards: Lords quiz Government Minister

Ever since the Parliament Act 1911 which ended the House of Lords’ ability to amend or block fiscal legislation, finance bills and raising taxes have been the exclusive preserve of the House of... Read more

HMRC urged to learn from complaints

In her Annual Report for 2019, the Adjudicator Helen Megarry describes improvements in her Office, both in how complaints from the public are handled and in the time taken to deal with them. She... Read more

Simplifying tax for smaller businesses

In May, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) published its report Simplifying everyday tax for smaller businesses, the second of two reports requested by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to... Read more

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