HMRC have published a consultation document today (Raising The Stakes On Tax Avoidance) that makes proposals on two avoidance issues:
"The first proposes a new set of obligations for high-risk promoters, their intermediaries and users.The consultation closes on 4 October 2013.
The second is to encourage users of avoidance schemes to settle their tax affairs after similar cases have lost in court or tribunal.
The Government also seeks views on a proposed extension to the prescribed information to be provided under the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) rules."
Meanwhile in a document entitled "Tempted By Tax Avoidance?", HMRC attempts to dissuade people from using tax avoidance schemes by warning of potential lengthy litigation etc etc.
All very well, except that the document also goes on about "tax dodging" and "breaking the law by evading tax"; thus confusing the issue, and implying that tax avoidance and evasion are the same.
Does HMRC not know the difference?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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