The Yorkshire Post reports that HMRC has individuals under criminal investigation for offences classified as relating to disguised remuneration and the loan charge.
A spokesman for HMRC made the comments in response to a joint report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Anti-Corruption & Responsible Tax and TaxWatch which recommended that HMRC changes its approach to enforcement by using existing criminal law to prosecute the advisers behind the most aggressive tax avoidance schemes.
The report argues that much that is claimed to be "legal" tax avoidance is actually criminal tax fraud.
An HMRC spokesperson said:
“HMRC is committed to tackling tax avoidance schemes targeted at individuals and the amount lost through them has fallen by two thirds since 2013/14.
We continue to make it harder for promoters to sell tax avoidance schemes and to reduce demand, stepping up our efforts to warn individuals about the risks of being drawn in to avoidance, and helping them to get out of a scheme once they realise that they might be caught up in one.”
HMRC has not clarified how many "promoters" have been prosecuted.
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