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Finance Bill 2005

Finance Bill 2005 was published on 24 March 2005 and became the first Finance Bill to be published in 2005. The bill was withdrawn and replaced by the Finance (No.2) Bill in April 2005.

Some measures from this bill were included in Finance (No.2) Bill whilst other measures were later included in the third Finance Bill for 2005, also called Finance Bill 2005 (published 26th May 2005).

Summary of Finance Bills and Acts issued in 2005

Bill Publication date Outcome
Finance Bill 2005 26 May 2005 Finance (No.2) Act 2005
Finance (No.2) Bill 2005 6 April 2005 Finance Act 2005
Finance Bill 2005 24 March 2005 Bill withdrawn

Useful links

Finance Bill of Spring 2005 (TAXREP 15/05)
On 1 April 2005 ICAEW issued a press release calling on the Government 'to defer passing complicated and controversial elements of the Finance Bill until after the general election'. The Text of the letter sent in March 2005 to the Paymaster General by the Tax Faculty (ICAEW) was published as the Technical Release.

The ICAEW Tax Faculty published its views on the bill in the TAXline weekly news update No 249 on 27th March 2005. The update includes the Faculty's concerns about the degree of scrutiny the bill will receive with a general election looming and sets out their intention to write to 'the Government, the Opposition parties and members of last year's Standing Committee urging them not to seek to pass all the provisions in the published Bill before Parliament is dissolved'.

Finance Bill 2005 is published
News report on the release of the Finance Bill on March 24th from Accounting Web.

Tax bodies warn of backdated double taxation
Warns that legislation included in the Finance Bill 'may lead to retrospective double taxation of dividends'. Published on March 24th by Accounting Web.

Finance Bill 2005 (Inland Revenue)
Collection of resources from HMRC with includes explanatory notes on clauses, technical notes, regulatory impact assessments and other documents relating to the Finance Bill.

Finance Bill 2005
Full text of the Finance Bill 2005 as ordered by the House of Commons to be printed on 22nd March 2005.

Articles and books in the Library collection

It is important to be aware that there are two bills with the same name and that articles published after 26 May 2005 will most likely be referring to the second bill published with this name.

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.


The Library holds an extensive collection of Finance Acts (from the 19th century onwards), Finance Bills (from 1951 onwards), Debates on the Finance Bill as recorded in Hansard, and Standing Committee Debates on the Finance Bills (from 1968 onwards). Alongside this you can also find many publications from the ICAEW and other bodies on the Finance Acts.

We also maintain an online archive of links and resources for Finance Acts 1980–1999 and for Finance Acts 2000–2004.

See LibCat, our online catalogue, for details of our holdings of:

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