Tax Avoidance:Written question - 112078

(Hayes and Harlington)
Asked on: 07 November 2017
HM Treasury
Tax Avoidance
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will appoint an independent commission to examine the tax avoidance schemes designed by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 16 November 2017

This government is clear that everyone has a responsibility to pay the tax that is owed. HMRC cannot comment on individual cases, but it will investigate any allegations of wrongdoing brought to its attention.

HMRC has a strong track record in tackling tax avoidance schemes. The Finance Bill 2017-2019 introduced a tough new penalty so that the enablers of tax avoidance schemes that HMRC defeats, including the designers of schemes, will face penalties of 100% of the fees they have earned from the failed avoidance.

The government will continue to consider what further actions are necessary to tackle tax avoidance, evasion, and other forms of non-compliance.

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