Tax Avoidance

Treasury written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Richard Fuller Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many tax avoidance cases HM Revenue and Customs has litigated in each of the last five years; and in how many of these it was successful.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Between March 2010 and April 2014, decisions were handed down by the courts and tribunals in 124 tax avoidance cases litigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). HMRC was successful in winning all or some points in 101of these. Many of these cases involved several taxpayers, and concerned marketed avoidance schemes used by many more. The following table sets out the number of litigation cases that have been decided upon and the number of cases where HMRC has been successful on some or all points in the years 2010-11 to 2013-14. A similar analysis has not been made for 2009-10.

  Decisions in avoidance cases Successes for HMRC
2010-11 28 24
2011-12 27 23
2012-13 30 24
2013-14 39 30

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