Tax avoidance ruling could net HMRC £200m
Backdating of demands from anti-avoidance legislation allowed by High Court
HMRC could be in line to take up to £200m of backdated tax after a High Court
ruling gave the green light to anti-avoidance legislation.
IT consultant Robert Huitson had brought a test case against the
retrospective nature of anti-avoidance rules in the 2008 Finance Act, but
Justice Kenneth Parker ruled the backdating on tax demands did not breach human
The fact that the Government had not carried out an assessment “of how
individual taxpayers might be affected financially” could not affect the
proportionality of the retrospective legislation, reported the Telegraph.
The ruling could affect up to 3,000 people.