The bank payroll tax – the sting in the tail

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I’ve just read the draft legislation on this, available here. It’s good.

It covers obvious tricks e.g. disguised employments and loans. It also has a very targeted anti-avoidance provision. The definition of a bank works — as does that of an employee, I suspect.

But the real sting in the tail is that not only will banks be paying this additional tax — they also get no corporation tax relief on it — something I proposed on Monday. This does provide a real sting in the tail to this charge.

Good for Darling.