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Loan Charge 2019

Part of Treasury – in the House of Commons on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The hon. Lady is absolutely right that it is important to crack down on promoters, and at the Budget we will bring forward a package about how to do that. Her wider point, however, is wrong: this is not a retrospective measure. It is also true that the Government have to some extent been vindicated by Sir Amyas Morse, who found that the loan charge was an appropriate way to respond to tax avoidance and, after detailed argumentation, suggested a date in December 2010 as the correct date from which to date the legality of it.