Tax Avoidance: Suicide

Treasury written question – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people that have died by suicide as a result of the 2019 Loan Charge.

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

The Government takes concerns over the physical and mental wellbeing of taxpayers very seriously. These cases are complex and typically involve many different factors.

There are no cases in which suicide is known to have been the result of the Loan Charge. HMRC have referred five cases to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) where HMRC have been notified that an individual has taken their life and had used a disguised remuneration scheme.

The IOPC has advised in two of these cases that they felt it was appropriate for HMRC to review the case internally. In the other three, it returned the matter to HMRC to proceed as appropriate.

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