Dave Hartnett, Former HMRC Permanent Secretary, criticised for flouting taxpayer confidentiality

Posted at 4:38 pm on October 19, 2016 by John Kavanagh

The Supreme Court has today (19 October 2016) issued a judgement criticising the conduct of Dave Hartnett, the former Permanent Secretary in charge of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), for remarks he made about Patrick McKenna, founder of the Ingenious Media Group, in an interview in The Times in June 2012. “Scams for scumbags”… Continue reading

Sam Allardyce, HMRC and “corruption”

Posted at 2:42 pm on September 29, 2016 by John Kavanagh

Sam Allardyce, HMRC and “corruption” Sam Allardyce, HMRC and “corruption” During his fateful meeting with undercover reporters from the Telegraph, the England national football team’s erstwhile manager, Sam Allardyce, made some trenchant criticisms of HMRC, accusing them of being the “most corrupt business in our country”. While I am not at all convinced that “corruption”… Continue reading

Settlements with HMRC: A warning

Posted at 12:36 pm on August 22, 2016 by John Kavanagh

Settlements with HMRC: a warning Although there has been a great deal of litigation regarding tax avoidance arrangements in recent years, many cases have not yet reached the courts. HMRC is keen to settle those cases, preferably without litigation and collect the tax. In last year’s Autumn Statement, the Government announced a ‘settlement opportunity’ for taxpayers… Continue reading

“Fair share of tax” – Does this mean anything to HMRC?

Posted at 12:11 pm on June 16, 2016 by John Kavanagh

“Fair share of tax”  – Does this mean anything at all to HMRC? If ever there was a topic nearly as hot as immigration in the minds of the general public, it is the question of who does and who does not pay their fair share of tax. What actually constitutes a fair share of tax… Continue reading

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