Taxation: Double Taxation

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Williams of Elvel Lord Williams of Elvel Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend clause 59 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill to override existing double taxation agreements in respect of Members of Parliament and members of the House of Lords.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Where a Peer or MP has income, gains or assets from a state which has a double taxation agreement with the UK, they will be taxed in accordance with that double taxation agreement. The effect of the provisions in Part 6 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill will be that MPs and the Lords Temporal are to be treated like the vast majority of people in the UK who are resident, ordinarily resident and domiciled in the UK for tax purposes. As such they will be subject to double taxation agreements in the same way as the majority of people in the UK.

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