HMRC Comes Down on Tax Dodgers

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29.01HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are looking to be able to request from users of a wider range of tax avoidance schemes than originally planned an upfront payment. During his 2013 last quarter statement, the UK Chancellor George Osborne announced that bodies found to be using structures that are the same as or comparable to ones already beaten in court. HMRC are also in talks to include disputed amounts associated with schemes subject to the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) regime, and taxpayers engaging in the activities covered by the new General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR). At this time tax payers are required to make known to HMRC if they are using tax avoidance schemes, at which point this can be challenged by HMRC, if the tax payer after a court case is successful they may clam back any monies lost including interest. David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, explained: ‘The Government has been absolutely clear that we will not tolerate aggressive tax avoidance and will take action to make sure people pay the taxes that are due. While the vast majority of taxpayers play by the rules, there is still a minority who will engage in artificial schemes as a way to avoid their responsibilities.’