Robin Williamson

Robin Williamson
Robin Williamson MBE CTA (Fellow) is an author and commentator on tax, welfare and public policy. He was technical director of the CIOT’s Low Incomes Tax Reform Group from 2003 to 2018 and a part-time senior policy adviser at the Office of Tax Simplification from 2018 to 2019. In May 2020 he won the lifetime achievement award at the Tolley Taxation Awards. He was recently appointed UK country reporter to the Observatory on the Protection of Taxpayer Rights at the IBFD.

Recent Posts

HMRC Charter 2020: Better than before?

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines a charter as ‘a formal statement of the rights of a country's people, or of an organization or a particular social group, that is agreed by or demanded from a... Read more

Uber v Aslam: The end of the beginning?

On 19 February 2021, the Supreme Court released its decision in Uber BV and others v Aslam and others [2021] UKSC 5, ruling that the appellants (who were Uber drivers) were ‘workers’ under the... Read more

Withdrawal of gross payment status was ‘disproportionate’

In an interesting First-tier Tribunal case, a judge has found that HMRC’s action in withdrawing gross payment status from a construction company eight years after its offence, when it had been... Read more

HMRC’s 10-year strategy: A trusted, modern tax administration

As the new year begins, it seems a good time to look ahead to how the tax system might develop in the future. In this article, I will consider HMRC’s 10-year strategy published in July 2020 under the... Read more

A better deal for the low-income taxpayer

The latest report by the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG), ‘A better deal for the low-income taxpayer’, shines a light on aspects of the tax system that can set nasty traps for those who are... Read more

Capital gains tax: Ripe for reform?

In October 2020, an unprecedented £72 million was raised in capital gains tax, compared with £4 million in October 2019. According to an article in the Financial Times, the new (since April 2020)... Read more

Child benefit: To claim or not to claim? That is the question

It is, sadly, not uncommon for parents who think they might become liable to the high income child benefit charge (HICBC) to avoid claiming child benefit altogether, thereby jeopardising their own... Read more

A nation of willing taxpayers?

According to the official tax gap figures for 2018/19 published on 9 July this year, the UK is one of the most tax-compliant nations on Earth. The latest official estimate of the tax gap – which is... Read more

When is ignorance of the law a reasonable excuse?

The expression ‘ignorance of the law is no excuse’ is well-known. Read more

Judicial review comes under the spotlight

Access to this remedy should be widened, not narrowed, says Robin Williamson. Read more

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