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16 Sep 2015 12:22pm

Margaret Hodge launches new responsible tax group

Margaret Hodge, former chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has launched a new group focused on responsible tax

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Responsible Tax plans to cover three areas of work, including BEPs, the capability of HMRC and the simplification of tax reliefs. 

Hodge said the initiative is the result of a need for a more informed debate about tax in parliament.

The Labour MP will be joined in the group by former Conservative chairman David Davis and Labour’s John McFall and Richard Bacon. Stewart Jackson, a fellow former member of the PAC, is secretary.

The APPG will have a core advisory group which is made up of organisations that have indicated they would like to assist, which includes; think thank Covi, Oxfam, ActionAid, and the CBI.

Hodge was replaced by Meg Hillier, Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch as the chair of the PAC in June, and has made clear that the APPG would not clash with the work of the PAC.

Speaking to the FT, Hodge said she wants parliament to continue to play a key role in building and maintaining the “fair, sustainable and transparent tax system that is needed to create growth and prosperity” in the UK and internationally. 

Hodge has heavily criticised tax advisors, the Big Four and lawyers who devise tax-minimising schemes, and the role of HMRC, earning the ire of parts of the profession. The MP said in the past the large accountancy firms are in a powerful position in the tax world and have an “unhealthily cosy relationship” with the government.

Jessica Fino

 

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