Cautious welcome for Statutory Residence Test legislation
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has welcomed the publication today of draft legislation on the introduction of a statutory residence test for tax purposes.
Legislation on this area is expected to be introduced in Finance Bill 2013.
John Barnett, Chairman of the CIOT’s Capital Gains Tax and Investment Income Sub-Committee, commented:
“The rules on tax residence are messy and uncertain and a long way from what we need for a modern tax system. Moving to a statutory test will give businesses and individuals greater certainty in an increasingly mobile world.
“We welcome the publication of more detail on the definitions in the test, such as what constitutes a UK work day. There are still some detailed points to iron out but the legislation is definitely heading in the right direction.
“For us the aim is a test that delivers certainty, produces clear results and is as simple as possible.
“The Treasury are right to have taken their time over this legislation to make sure they get it right. The SRT is too important to rush. Although discussions have taken nearly five years, we see this as a good example of how to make good tax law.”
Notes to editors
The draft legislation is available on the Treasury website at:
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is a charity and the leading professional body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with taxation. The CIOT’s primary purpose is to promote education and study of the administration and practice of taxation. One of the key aims is to achieve a better, more efficient, tax system for all affected by it – taxpayers, advisers and the authorities.
The CIOT’s comments and recommendations on tax issues are made solely in order to achieve its primary purpose: it is politically neutral in its work. The CIOT will seek to draw on its members’ experience in private practice, government, commerce and industry and academia to argue and explain how public policy objectives (to the extent that these are clearly stated or can be discerned) can most effectively be achieved.
The CIOT’s 16,000 members have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’ and the designatory letters ‘CTA’.
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