The Telegraph quotes an HMRC spokesman:
"It is important that our customers know that if they choose to engage in tax avoidance we will be relentless in pursuing them.Of course trying to understand what parliament's true intentions are is somewhat muddied by the incredibly complex tax system that we all have to endure.
We will challenge tax avoidance and will take legal action against [tax avoidance] schemes whenever possible. Instead of the tax savings they hoped to achieve, people who use tax avoidance schemes run the risk of wasting money on fees for a scheme that does not work, and will have to spend time dealing with an in-depth investigation by us into their tax affairs.
Taxpayers may find themselves being cross-examined before a tax tribunal and having their tax avoidance exposed to public scrutiny when the tribunal's decision is published."
Much of the time, trouble and expense incurred over "avoidance" by taxpayers and HMRC could be greatly reduced if the tax system were simplified.
That of course requires politicians to actually do something constructive, sadly that is something that is unlikely to occur in the foreseeable future!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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