Hartnett knocks ‘bland’ tax paper

Is this what passes for a row at the Business Tax Forum, the body where HM Revenue & Customs sit down with big business figures to chew the fat?

The latest minutes show Philip Gillett of the CBI had prepared a paper on a general anti-avoidance rule.

‘DH [Dave Hartnett] commented that PG’s paper about GAARs and approaches to avoidance had been surprisingly bland.’


Gillett said it had been a ‘team product’ i.e. it was written by a committee (as the saying goes), and was bound to be dull.

A fuller explanation has been scratched from the record – the document ‘had been a "team product" which had [fill the gap yourself] than otherwise might had been possible,’ is all we are told.

What could have been said?

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