Clause 71 - Groups of Companies

Finance (No.2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 22nd April 2021.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

With this it will be convenient to discuss that schedule 13 be the Thirteenth schedule to the Bill.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary, Minister for Equalities

Clause 71 and schedule 13 concern groups of companies. To make the reporting requirements for the tax less burdensome, clause 71 and schedule 13 set out when and how two or more corporate bodies may be treated as a group in respect of the plastic packaging tax. When used, PPT is charged to the representative of the group, rather than all members individually. This includes where a group member is found liable through secondary or joint and several liability. Schedule 13 contains further details on how the provision will operate, for example defining who is eligible to apply for group treatment and the limited grounds on which Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs may refuse an application. The clause and schedule provide an administrative saving to businesses that choose this option and are eligible.

Photo of Abena Oppong-Asare Abena Oppong-Asare Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury)

The clause and schedule allow two or more corporate bodies to form a group for plastic packaging tax purposes, so they can report and account for the plastic packaging tax as a single body with joint and several liability. I just want to know whether the Minister had seen the submission from the Chartered Institute of Taxation on this issue. It points out that the requirement for a group member to be a corporate body for VAT grouping rules was changed by schedule 18 of the Finance Act 2019, which extended it to individuals and partnerships that control other bodies in a VAT group with effect from 1 November 2019. Could the Minister explain why the updated rules for VAT do not apply to the plastic packaging tax?

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary, Minister for Equalities

I am afraid that I have not seen the note to which the hon. Lady refers so I am not able to answer the question, but I am sure we can get an answer from officials before the next sitting.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 71 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 13 agreed to.