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Public Bill Committee debates the Finance Bill

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Spice of life

Key points

  • New tax credit rate for children’s TV is higher because this sector was harder hit during the pandemic.
  • Availability of the enterprise investment scheme and venture capital trusts tax relief extended to 2035.
  • Cash basis will be the default basis for businesses calculating profits although they will be able to opt to use the accruals basis.
  • Cross-party support for the PAYE offset in relation to IR35 compliance.

After the usual house-keeping messages about switching off phones and putting devices into silent mode – and no tea or coffee during the sittings – members of the Public Bill Committee were invited to consider the Finance Bill 2023-24 line by line. The chair Ian Paisley said MPs who wished to speak should ‘bob’ to obtain his attention. ‘Variety is the spice of life ’ he said. ‘We do not want to hear just the ministers and shadow ministers.’

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