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.

Recent Posts

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

Chargeable event gains: A ‘just and reasonable’ remedy?

When an individual surrenders part of a life policy, a chargeable gain is triggered equal to the surrender proceeds less 5% of the premium for each year that the policy has been held. This method... Read more

Marriage allowance: Claims and back-dated claims

The days before the end of the tax year are a good time for advisers to ensure that their clients have claimed all tax reliefs and allowances to which they are entitled, before another year falls... Read more

Cross-party opposition to extending time limits in ‘offshore matters’

It is not often that amendments to the annual Finance Bill make headline news, and rarer still that they are forced on the Government by cross-party groups of MPs. In the past week, the Bill was... Read more

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