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HMRC playing by new rules?

The Times online had a somewhat worrying story ; it appears that HMRC have allegedly paid a substantial sum of money to an ex-employee for stolen information on UK residents with foreign bank accounts. I do feel this raises some interesting ethical questions about ways of obtaining information but also sets a bench mark for potential informants in terms of price for value! It may well be of course that a number of the individuals with the bank accounts have nothing to hide and have made proper returns. What is certain though is that they are now going to have to prove it. This will almost certainly be a case of guilty until proven innocent.



Date: 26th February, 2008
Author: Cathy Corns


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