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Tax Avoidance: Parliamentary Scrutiny

Treasury written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make if his policy to refer all tax disputes concerning liabilities greater than £500 million for parliamentary scrutiny prior to action by HM Revenue and Customs.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

The Government have no plans to refer tax disputes for parliamentary scrutiny.

There is already a statutory framework for settling all tax disputes. HMRC are authorised to settle disputes with taxpayers. However, where a settlement cannot be reached in that way the case is referred to the tax tribunal.

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