CIOT/IFS debate: Business tax reliefs - corporate welfare or essential elements of the tax system?

| 18:00 - 21:15
Chair: John Preston Chartered Institute of Taxation
Location: Royal Society of Arts -

8 John Adam Street




To register for this event, please visit the CIOT website.

The UK has a wide suite of tax reliefs and allowances for business. Are they a cost effective method of promoting investment? Or are some of them a waste of money? Are critics right to brand them ‘corporate welfare’?

Our panel will bring a range of perspectives to this important debate, taking a rigorous approach to examining whether our system of business reliefs and allowances – including those to encourage investment in business – are fit for purpose or whether some of the money ‘spent’ on them should be diverted to alternative uses.

The panel will consist of:

Kevin Farnsworth, Reader in Social Policy, University of York
Annie Gascoyne, Head of Economic Policy, Confederation of British Industry
Helen Miller, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Rob Prideaux, Director, National Audit Office

The debate will be chaired by John Preston, President, Chartered Institute of Taxation.


The debate will conclude by 20:00 and will be followed by a drinks reception. This event is free to attend but must be registered for.

This is the eleventh in a series of lectures and debates being organised by the CIOT and the IFS to promote debate among policy-makers, opinion-formers and the wider tax and economics communities on the future of the UK and international tax systems.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Clara Roberts at