This sentence appears in HMRC’s “Single departmental plan” for 2015‑20:
“We will raise an additional £5bn a year by 2019‑20 by tackling tax avoidance and tax planning, evasion and compliance, and by addressing imbalances in the tax system.”Thus it would seem that avoidance, which is perfectly legal, will become "illegal" in the eyes of HMRC. In fact, even the very attempt to plan your tax affairs will seemingly incur the wrath of HMRC.
George Bull, of RSM, is quoted by the Telegraph:
“Most of the tax planning we see involves individuals and companies doing no more than claiming the tax reliefs to which they are entitled, for purposes specifically intended by Parliament.HMRC appears to be getting ideas above its station, and needs to be slapped down!
An attack on routine tax planning would be a major shift in HMRC’s approach and would seem to pit the administration (in the form of HMRC) against the legislature (Parliament), which has enacted specific legislation for specific purposes.
If the plain words of the HMRC single departmental plan are to be taken at face value, it looks as though we can expect a seismic shift in the way taxes are dealt with in the UK.”
Tax does have to be taxing.
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