Taxes on work bring in about 40% of UK tax revenue, but is the structure of taxation rooted in the past? Coupled with employment rights, does the tax system encourage employers to seek new forms of engagement with workers? Are lower taxes for the self-employed justified; are they supporting an important part of the workforce or propping up low paid work?

New technologies may have opened opportunities that explain some of the moves into the so-called 'gig economy', but that's not the whole story. The main role of high profile gig economy anecdotes has been to shine a light on old-fashioned problems. As self-employment has grown, can the UK afford to tax different forms of work in quite different ways - and is it economically sensible?

Join us for a panel discussion on these questions, with speakers:

Judith Freedman, Professor of Taxation Law, Oxford University
Mark Groom, Partner, Deloitte
Helen Miller, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Paul Morton, Tax Director, Office of Tax Simplification

The debate will be chaired by Bill Dodwell, 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 eighth 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.