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Thursday, 9 February 2012
Je Ne Regrette Rien
Following yesterday's acquittal of Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric and the failure (at a cost of £8M) of HMRC to win their argument that Redknapp and Mandaric had evaded tax, there has been something of a falling out between HMRC and the City of London Police.
The Telegraph reports that the City of London Police have laid the blame for the failure at the door of HMRC.
The City of London Police issued a statement:
“The case followed an HMRC investigation, which began after an earlier City of London Police inquiry identified possible tax related offences and referred the matter to the HMRC.
City of London Police respects the verdicts of the jury.
Officers will sometimes uncover evidence of potential tax offences, which we will pass on to the HMRC. We have supported the HMRC throughout this investigation and will continue to work closely with them in the future.”
HMRC, for their part, stated that they regretted nothing. Chris Martin, assistant director of criminal investigations at HMRC, said:
"We have no regrets about pursuing this case because it was vitally important that the facts were put before a jury for their consideration.
We accept the verdict of the jury but I would like to remind those who are evading tax by using offshore tax havens that it always makes sense to come forward and talk to us before we come to talk to you.”
Given that Redknapp and Mandaric have been acquitted of tax evasion, why are HMRC still implying that tax evasion took place and using the trial as a warning to those who actually evade tax?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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