Barclays £500m tax loophole closed by Treasury in rare retrospective action – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2012 in banking, HM Revenue & Customs, news, retrospectivity, tax avoidance by tracey

“The Treasury has rushed in legislation to close down two ‘aggressive’ tax avoidance schemes that a high-street bank had disclosed to HM Revenue and Customs in an effort to avoid tax. As it announced highly unusual steps to take retrospective action to shut down the ‘highly abusive’ schemes, the Treasury refused to the name the bank involved, although the Guardian understands that it is Barclays. The bank has refused to comment.”

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The Guardian, 28th February 2012

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New tax watchdog to stop ‘sweetheart deals’ with big firms – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 28th, 2012 in HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance, taxation by tracey

“A watchdog is to be appointed to ensure that the taxman does not strike overly-generous sweetheart deals with big firms trying to avoid multi-million pound bills.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th February 2012

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Exposed: Taxman’s ‘illegal’ war against Britain’s small businesses – The Independent

Posted January 13th, 2012 in fines, HM Revenue & Customs, news, taxation, tribunals by sally

“Tax Tribunal rules HMRC is waiting months before alerting firms returns are late so that fines stack up.”

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The Independent, 13th January 2012

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HMRC extends alternative dispute resolution trial for smaller businesses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 11th, 2012 in dispute resolution, HM Revenue & Customs, news, pilot schemes, taxation, tribunals by sally

“An alternative dispute resolution (ADR) pilot which allows smaller businesses to resolve tax disputes without having to resort to a tribunal is to be extended, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2012

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Tax office ‘investigating Premier League footballers’ perks’ – The Guardian

Posted January 3rd, 2012 in HM Revenue & Customs, news, sport, tax evasion by tracey

“Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is investigating Premier League footballers and their clubs over alleged ‘secret perks’ enjoyed by players and their families, according to reports.”

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The Guardian, 1st January 2012

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MPs publish “damning indictment” of alleged HMRC deals with big businesses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 21st, 2011 in auditors, HM Revenue & Customs, news, taxation by tracey

“There are ‘specific and systemic’ failures in the way in which HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) handles tax disputes with big companies which must be addressed, an influential committee of MPs has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th December 2011

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Companies facing judge-led investigation over HMRC tax deals – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 15th, 2011 in HM Revenue & Customs, inquiries, news, reports, taxation by sally

“A string of companies are facing a judge-led investigation into deals with HM Revenue and Customs which allowed them to escape paying billions of pounds in tax.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2011

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The Revenue tackles offensive labels for disabled in tax law – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2011 in disabled persons, HM Revenue & Customs, mental health, news by sally

“HM Revenue & Customers is looking at how to replace the terms ‘lunatic’, ‘idiot’, and ‘insane person’ in tax law.”

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The Guardian, 29th May 2011

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HMRC not doing enough to stop illegal unpaid internships, says pay watchdog – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2011 in HM Revenue & Customs, minimum wage, news by sally

“The Low Pay Commission has criticised HM Revenue & Customs for lax enforcement of minimum wage laws and the payment of interns.”

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The Guardian, 7th April 2011

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Regina (Valentines Homes & Construction Ltd) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – WLR Daily

Posted April 8th, 2010 in appeals, costs, HM Revenue & Customs, judicial review, law reports, taxation by sally

Regina (Valentines Homes & Construction Ltd) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2010] EWCA Civ 345; [2010] WLR (D) 92

“There was a public interest in issues such as the status, relevance and application of policy documents of general application emerging from the Revenue and Customs Commissioners, or any government department, being resolved in the Administrative Court, since it was the court with expertise in that area.”

WLR Daily, 7th April 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Taxman misled court into granting search warrants – The Times

Posted November 13th, 2008 in HM Revenue & Customs, judicial review, news, search & seizure by sally

“Search warrants executed by Revenue & Customs at the offices of a tax consultancy were held to be unlawful by the High Court today.”

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The Times, 13th November 2008

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Revenue & Customs bankrupts man over 88p debt – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2008 in HM Revenue & Customs, income tax, news by sally

“A man who owed 88p in taxes was made bankrupt after a blunder by HM Revenue & Customs, it was claimed today.”

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The Guardian, 10th March 2008

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Revenue squeezes banks for offshore accounts – The Times

Posted January 26th, 2008 in banking, data protection, HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax evasion by sally

“HM Revenue & Customs has stepped up its campaign to force banks to release the names of thousands of customers with offshore accounts as part of its fight against tax evasion, despite fears that it may be overstepping its legal powers.”

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The Times, 25th January 2008

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HMRC loses data on 6,000 pension holders – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2007 in data protection, HM Revenue & Customs, news by sally

“HM Revenue and Customs became embroiled in another data scandal today after it emerged that it lost personal details of 6,000 private pension holders.”

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The Guardian, 18th December 2007

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Seven security breaches at Tax Office since 2005, says chief – The Times

Posted December 6th, 2007 in data protection, HM Revenue & Customs, news by sally

“HM Revenue & Customs has suffered seven ‘significant’ breaches of security involving the loss of personal data in the past 2½ years, the organisation’s new acting chairman disclosed yesterday.”

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The Times, 6th December 2007

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Privacy chief given another chance to seek new powers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 4th, 2007 in data protection, HM Revenue & Customs, news by sally

“The Information Commissioner will have the chance to lobby MPs for greater powers in the wake of the HM Revenue & Customs data loss scare when he is grilled by the House of Commons Justice Committee today.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th December 2007

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Information Commissioner will investigate latest gaffe by taxman – The Times

Posted November 29th, 2007 in confidentiality, HM Revenue & Customs, news by sally

“The Information Commissioner is to investigate a fresh security lapse by the taxman as the confidential details of millions of parents were included in apology letters sent to their last known address.”

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The Times, 29th November 2007

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The Inquiry: Senior officials are blamed for loss of discs – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2007 in data protection, HM Revenue & Customs, news by sally

“The head of the National Audit Office, Sir John Bourn, locked horns with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Chancellor last night when he said the decision to post two computer discs containing the bank details of 7 million families was taken by senior HMRC officials and not, as Alistair Darling claimed, by a junior employee.”

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The Independent, 22nd November 2007

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Court says taxpayers can sue Revenue for errors – The Times

Posted October 26th, 2007 in HM Revenue & Customs, negligence, news, taxation by sally

“Businesses or individuals who have lost out because of serious errors at Revenue and Customs will be able to sue for damages following a landmark legal victory yesterday.”

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The Times, 25th October 2007

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