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Taxation: Business

Treasury written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons his Department treats historic corporate tax matters as confidential.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

HMRC is subject to a strict legislative duty of confidentiality by virtue of section 18 of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act (CRCA) 2005. HMRC may only disclose taxpayer information in strictly limited circumstances and where there is a legal basis to do so. This statutory duty of confidentiality is not time -limited and therefore "tax matters" which are confidential remain so regardless of the passage of time.

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