Mills wanted to use wife’s name in tax row

David Mills, the tax lawyer husband of Tessa Jowell, wanted to use his wife’s
name to deflect the attention of HM Revenue & Customs, it has emerged.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend on details of Mills’ settlement with
HMRC over his controversial £350,000 payment from an Italian businessman, citing
minutes of a meeting between Mills and his accountant it had obtained.

Mills failed to disclose the payment to the taxman for three years, and when
he did settle, paid only a 30% fine and escaped prosecution.

The relatively lenient treatment was condemned at the weekend by leading
figures from the tax world. ‘This is a very low penalty rate which others would
never have got away with,’ Mike Warburton of Grant Thornton said. 

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