HMRC denies tax inspectors’ team will expand

The taxman has denied reports that it is expanding its investigations team
tenfold to target offshore tax havens and trusts.

Papers reported at the weekend that its civil investigations unit would
expand tenfold to 2,000 inspectors in a bid to target offshore tax avoiders, but
HM Revenue & Customs has denied the claim.

‘HMRC have no plans to expand our civil investigations unit. The Special
Civil Investigations unit (SCI) seeks to tackle fraud and non-compliance across
the whole range of duties for which HMRC is responsible,’ said a spokeswoman.

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