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Tax evaders - smart or April fools?

People (or companies) who deliberately evade tax may now have their name, address and details of what they did made public from 1st April this year. HMRC are empowered to publish names and details of tax dodgers from that date.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury said:

“We are only targeting deliberate tax evaders. So if you know that you have not paid the right tax, and you want to avoid being named, contact HMRC right away to set things straight”.

Sounds a bit like a threat to me.

I would be happier with a bit more certainty that HMRC will not name the wrong people.

Cathy Corns is a tax adviser and a partner at Mercer & Hole. The views given in this blog are personal to the author, if you would like to discuss the contents of this post with Cathy you can call her on 01908 605552.

 

 

Date: 29th March, 2010
Author: Cathy Corns

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