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Review of effects on public finances

Part of Finance (No. 3) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:45 pm on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Labour, Enfield, Southgate 7:45 pm, 8th January 2019

That is an excellent point, which I was about to make myself. While the large accountancy firms have gone unpunished for creating tax avoidance schemes for big banks, those individual contractors are bearing the brunt of HMRC’s powers. I have been informed by the Loan Charge Action Group of suicides, bankruptcies and relationship breakdowns as a result of the stress involved in their dealings with HMRC. The group has said that many of the people being pursued by HMRC unwittingly signed up to loan-based schemes, but the promoters of the tax avoidance vehicles have not been targeted.

I ask the Minister to reconsider these measures and to ensure that people are not punished when they should not be.