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Combating consultation fatigue

As we approach the autumnal equinox and leave summer behind we can at last breathe a sigh of relief. While there are a few exceptions the vast majority of the consultations that were launched in the aftermath of the Budget have now been addressed and have closed for responses. The profession can look forward to a few weeks of peace before the Autumn Statement and the publication of the draft Finance Bill.

The consultation process in most cases is extremely valuable taking tax policy forward in a cooperative and sensible way building consensus with the tax-paying community and ultimately resulting in far better tax legislation and administration. However notwithstanding this faced with ever more consultations there is a real risk of consultation fatigue and a decline in responses....

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