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

A new tax basis for business – it may be simpler but it should not be rushed

Robin Williamson discusses an important consultation published on L Day Read more

Financial institution notices and the removal of taxpayer safeguards

As is well known, Schedule 36 of Finance Act 2008 gives HMRC extensive powers of information-gathering, search and inspection in order to check a taxpayer’s tax position or (following FA 2021) to... Read more

Groundhog Day for employment allowance scam

While listening to BBC’s File on 4 “Britain’s Ghost Companies” on 11 May 2021, I experienced a distinct sense of déjà vu. Read more

Discovery assessments: Supreme Court pronounces on staleness and deliberate inaccuracy

The Supreme Court has released its eagerly awaited judgment in HMRC v Tooth [2021] UKSC 17. In doing so it has handed down its authoritative interpretation of the law on discovery assessments and... Read more

Winner takes all? How costs are allocated in tax tribunals

Sometimes a court or tribunal has power to make orders about who pays the costs of a trial, whether on its own initiative or on the application of one of the parties. It is usual for such orders for... Read more

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

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