Income Tax (Payment of 2019 Liability) Regulations Review

Scrutiny review - Corporate Services Panel

Launch date: 18/02/2021

Review status: Call for evidence

What is the review about?

A review into the proposed regulations for Prior Year Basis (PYB) tax reform has been launched by the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel (CSSP). On 4 November 2020, the States Assembly agreed, in principle, to move all personal taxpayers from a Prior Year Basis to a Current Year Basis (CYB) from 2020. Before the finalised payment terms for 2019 liability are put to the Assembly at the end of March, the Panel will scrutinise the regulations for potential concerns and deliver a report with any amendments by 15 March 2021. 

Some of the key issues the Panel seeks to examine include:

  • The division of 2019 debt between married couples and civil partners following divorce or the introduction of independent taxation;
  • The impact of the potential dept of mortgage lending to affected taxpayers; and
  • The impact on retired taxpayers
Chair of CSSP, Senator Kristina Moore, said: “Having compared the draft regulations to the Panel’s review of the initial proposals, the Panel has concluded that it must scrutinise the regulations for any disparities between the two. We will assess the appropriateness and deliverability of the regulations, whilst seeking to ensure the impact on taxpayers has been considered fairly and communicated transparently. We will ensure the views of these taxpayers and key stakeholders have been taken into account and consider the wider consequences the regulations may have on public finances.”

Review progress

To inform its review, CSSP intends to hold public hearings with the Minister for Treasury and Resources and the Chief Minister. The Panel will also be seeking the views of tax professionals and personal taxpayers. Islanders are encouraged to share their views by: 

  1. Completing the ‘Get involved’ form on the States Assembly website

  2. Emailing scrutiny@gov.je

  3. Messaging the States Assembly social media pages

Terms of reference

​To provide a high-level assessment of the [P.9/2021 Income Tax (Payment of 2019 Liability) Regulations set out by the Minister of Treasury and Resources*:  

The Panel will: 

  1. Examine the rationale underpinning the proposed Income Tax (Payment of 2019 Liability) Regulations.
  2. Assess if the proposed Regulations succeed in overall appropriateness and deliverability against strategic priorities.
  3. Highlight any disparities from described options in P.118/2020 and the recommendations within the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel’s Report [R.7/2020].
  4. Evaluate if the proposed regulations to the Income Tax (Payment of 2019 Liability) are fair and equitable.
  5. Assess the implications of the proposals on public finances. 
 (*Review correlates to the timeline associated with the proposition)


Call for evidence

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