Tax Avoidance

Treasury written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision has been made to ensure that disguised remuneration scheme providers are liable for the tax on fees taken from each individual’s income during that scheme's operation.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

This Government is committed to tackling all forms of avoidance. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has a suite of powers to tackle and challenge those who promote or otherwise enable tax avoidance and HMRC is using its powers to challenge major promoters of avoidance schemes, including disguised remuneration (DR) avoidance schemes.

Fees earned by promoters of tax avoidance form part of their business income on which tax has to be paid. Promoters are subject to compliance checks as any other individual or business to ensure they are paying the correct amount of tax due.

Since 2014, HMRC has accelerated its efforts to tackle and challenge avoidance scheme promoters and enablers using both existing and new robust powers given by Parliament. HMRC set up a dedicated team that has been investigating over 100 promoters and others involved in avoidance, including disguised remuneration arrangements, over recent years.

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