HMRC plans major swoop on tax evaders

In an unprecedented action,
HM Revenue & Customs
(HMRC) plans to call in expensive City law firms, whose partners charge up to
£1000 an hour, to deal with a backlog of more than 1000 cases of tax evasion.

So intent is Dave Hartnett, the HMRC chief, on taking court action against
the tax evaders, the in-house Revenue Solicitor’s Office is unable to cope with
its workload, The Times reports.

Accountants are concerned that HMRC, in its eagerness to pursue even
relatively minor cases, will use City law firms, taking a toll on the public

‘As a result of that policy change, more disputes now end up in court. It’s
no surprise that the Revenue’s new litigious line is hitting its resources,’
Chris Oates,
& Young
tax risk management partner, said. ‘The legal department is
already under huge pressure and there have been concern.’

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