The introduction of the UK's diverted profits tax (DPT) on April 1 2015 has dismayed tax practitioners and their multinational clients. Rushed through parliament (ahead of its dissolution before the general election) it seemed intended to appease public anger at multinationals failing to pay their 'fair share' of tax. It has been roundly criticised for its breadth and complexity, for the speed with which it has been introduced, for the lack of public consultation and parliamentary scrutiny, and for pre-empting the multilateral response to tax avoidance of the G20/OECD BEPS Project. DLA Piper's Stephen Jones asks whether the DPT has created a cloud of uncertainty to cover the previous decade’s climate of reform favourable to global business.
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