Tax Avoidance:Written question - 112078

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