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

“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

Some tax avoidance schemes do work

Posted at 2:13 pm on April 14, 2016 by John Kavanagh

Some tax avoidance schemes do work… “Some tax avoidance schemes do work. They avoid tax by adopting a legitimate, justifiable and commercially sensible structure to achieve a result which could be achieved by other legitimate and justifiable means. Where, however, that structure is artificial or has no purpose other than the avoidance of tax, it… Continue reading

David Cameron and Tax Avoidance

Posted at 4:28 pm on April 9, 2016 by John Kavanagh

David Cameron and tax avoidance A week after the Panama Papers first surfaced, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, is facing calls for his resignation. In the public imagination, David Cameron and tax avoidance are now inextricably linked and since his  Government has loudly castigated such activity as morally repugnant, accusations of hypocrisy are in the… Continue reading

Mossack Fonseca and the journalists

Posted at 4:00 pm on April 5, 2016 by John Kavanagh

Mossack Fonseca and the journalists Armed robbers with gloved hands bundle gold bars into open-zippered holdalls. An innocent security guard is beaten up by thugs and doused with petrol. Hang on, it’s before the watershed – should they be broadcasting scary scenes from gangster movies before the kids are in bed? No, my mistake –… Continue reading

Anti-avoidance: the UK’s tax legislation and EU freedoms

Posted at 10:29 am on January 18, 2016 by John Kavanagh

Anti-avoidance: the UK’s tax legislation and EU freedoms For many years now, there have been serious doubts among a number of tax advisers, myself included, about the compatibility of much of the UK’s anti-avoidance tax legislation and EU law. I remember having a conversation about 10 years ago with a colleague who had previously been… Continue reading

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