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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19989: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve public awareness and understanding of devolved taxes, in light of the poll commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Taxation, which found that 84% of people in Scotland strongly agreed or tended to agree that they need better information about how taxes are decided in Scotland.

Answered by: Kate Forbes 29 November 2018

The Scottish Government is committed to a collaborative and open approach to tax policy development, characterised by regular consultation with taxpayers, industry representatives and professional bodies, to ensure that tax policy is better understood and informed by a diverse range of views. For example, in advance of income tax changes earlier this year the Scottish Government took the unprecedented action of publishing a discussion paper on the future of income tax.

However, raising public understanding of tax is not something that can be addressed by government alone and the Scottish Government would welcome any further suggestions from Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and other organisations on wider initiatives that could help support this.