It seems that HMRC are so very cross with tax advisers, who help people reduce their tax bill (ie avoid tax), that they are going to give some of them a public spanking and name and shame them.
Aside from the fact that, unless a criminal offence (ie evasion) has occurred, HMRC should not be publicly discussing the tax affairs of individuals and organisations it is a remarkably idiotic idea which will give the advisers some great free publicity (thereby undermining the HMRC's "lofty moral stance" on the issue).
HMRC claim that it would apply to advisers found to have acted "improperly" (whatever that means).
However, my sources tell me that HMRC seem to be a little confused as to whether their named and shamed list of advisers would apply only to those who aid evasion, as some (who have discussed this with HMRC) have interpreted the responses from HMRC re the new policy as also covering avoidance.
Could this be evidence of mission creep, in HMRC's and Labour's war against tax avoidance?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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