On 11 July 2019, HMRC published its summary of responses to its “protecting your taxes in insolvency” consultation.

Following the consultation, the government will legislate in the Finance Bill 2019-20 to make HMRC a secondary preferential creditor for certain tax debts paid by employees and taxpayers. This change is intended to ensure that when a business enters insolvency, more of the taxes paid in good faith by employees and taxpayers go to the Exchequer, rather than being distributed to other creditors. Draft legislation and an explanatory note is also available.

The summary of responses can be viewed here.