Talking Tax podcast series

Join our new podcast series for a discussion on the big issues for UK tax and fiscal policy that everyone should debate.

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Episode 10: What do we want UK tax policy to look like beyond Brexit, and how do we get there?

21/06/2019

In this time of uncertainty, sharing wider views on the direction of tax policy is critical. Stella Amiss, Head of Tax Policy at PwC discusses the outcomes of some of our recent focus-group workshops with students from Manchester Business School with Wendy Wild, University lecturer at Alliance Manchester Business School and Iain McCluskey, Partner at PwC. Transcript is attached.

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Previous episodes

Episode 9: Contingent labour - what does it mean for business, individuals and the tax system?

05/04/2019

The way we work is changing; whether you call it contracting, the gig workforce, or off-payroll working, contingent labour is reshaping the way we work. Barry Murphy, Partner at PwC, discusses what this means for businesses, individuals and the tax system with Julian Sansum, Partner and Employment lead at PwC, and Juliet Stuttard, Director of Workforce Transformation at PwC.

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Episode 8: What’s the role that tax can play in the industrial strategy?

25/02/2019

The industrial strategy sets out a blueprint for how the UK can address key challenges for the growth of our national economy. It looks at boosting infrastructure, productivity and digitalisation. Barry Murphy, Partner at PwC discusses what role tax can play to deliver these ambitions with Stella Amiss, PwC's Head of Tax Policy and Helen Miller, Deputy Director at the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Head of the Tax Sector.

Our latest report in collaboration with the Institute for Fiscal Studies on The role of Tax in the Industrial Strategy captures the key themes discussed by a range of senior specialists and stakeholders at a recent IFS conference sponsored by PwC, and can be accessed here.

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Episode 7: What will be the impact of the UK digital services tax?

03/01/2019

The Chancellor announced a new UK digital services tax in his latest Budget. How will this impact businesses and what other international reforms in this area will businesses need to navigate through? Stella Amiss, Tax Partner, discusses with Alenka Turnsek, Tax Partner and Dave Murray, Director of Tax Policy.

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Episode 6: The last Chancellor's Budget before Brexit - what will we see?

19/10/2018

The Chancellor has a called an early Autumn Budget this year, in theory the last one before Brexit. What new measures and changes might we see? Stella Amiss, Tax Partner discusses with Anna Wallace, Director of Political Relations and Iain McCluskey, Tax Partner.

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Episode 5: Why are we talking about hypothecated taxes?

30/08/2018

It’s not a new concept, but tax hypothecation is back under the spotlight. Most recently it’s been discussed to address the challenge of funding the rising demand on health and social care services in the UK. How can you understand the benefits and drawbacks? Are there ways in which it might be an useful addition to the Chancellor’s tool box? Listen to Tax Partner, Barry Murphy, Stella Amiss, Head of Tax Policy and Caroline Macfarland, Director at Common Vision (CoVi) discuss and explore some of the findings of the PwC sponsored CoVi report on hypothecated taxes.

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Episode 4: US Tax Reform - Why it's a big deal?

18/03/2018

One of the biggest tax stories of recent months has been the sweeping changes being made to the US tax system. It's clear that when the world's biggest economy makes significant tax changes, it's a big deal worldwide, the effects are far-reaching and could affect all of us. What are the implications for policy makers, and what should businesses be aware of?  Tax Partner, Barry Murphy, explores in conversation with Tom Pattern, US Tax Partner and Will Morris, our Deputy Global Tax Policy Leader.

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Episode 3: How do you tax digital business?

21/12/2017

How do you tax digital business?  Headlines are bound by whether enough tax is raised from big digital businesses. Yet surely the growth of online business is a boom for the economy; generating wages and profits that are taxed. If not enough tax is being collected, are tax rules being circumvented or are they not fit for purpose? Is the situation going to get worse as the digital economy grows further? Barry Murphy, Partner at PwC discusses with Roxanne Morison, Senior Policy Adviser on digital at the CBI, and Alenka Turnsek, Tax Partner at PwC.

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Episode 2: Are tax rises inevitable this Autumn Budget?

15/11/2017

There’s a lot of noise building around the challenging conditions for the Chancellor. On the one hand there’s growing pressure for more spending on public services and on the other the need to cut borrowing and debt. Will the Autumn Budget be one of giveaways or take-aways? Barry Murphy, Partner at PwC discusses with Stella Amiss, Head of Tax Policy and Anna Wallace, Head of Political Relations at PwC. 

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Episode 1: Is it possible to have a sensible debate on tax?

24/10/2017

Join this podcast where our host Barry Murphy, Partner at PwC, is joined by Jill Rutter, Programme Director at the Institute for Government, and Kevin Nicholson, Head of Tax at PwC UK, to discuss whether it's possible to get people engaged with tax to have a proper debate about tax policy.

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