Loan Charge 2019 wins its own APPG
The 2019 Loan Charge All-Party Parliamentary Group has officially assembled to probe both the effects on workers, and the wider context of the fairness of the legislation.
It will also look into the conduct of HMRC, following accusations by the Lords that HMRC potentially threatened taxpayers, and prioritised the collection of tax revenue over justice.
The Loan Charge Action Group, which campaigns against the April legislation, said the formation of an APPG dedicated to the charge represented a “significant development”.
But the campaigner yesterday pointed out that APPGs are only informal groups which operate solely in an advisory role, so they are unable to change the statute book.
They also lack official status within parliament, despite being able to receive administration support and other benefits from external organisations.
New legal challenge
Yet government departments usually consider the recommendations of APPGs, and their findings are known to add weight or support to a particular issue.
And a new legal challenge against the charge, on top of an existing judicial review into it, is also incoming from WTT Consulting, which is preparing to outline it to ContractorUK readers.
Sir Ed Davey, the Lib Dem MP who has forced the government into a Treasury review of the charge, will chair the APPG on the 2019 Loan Charge, and LCAG will be Secretariat.