The ConDems massively over-selling some routine tax avoidance measures

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Despite being in the US I have had several calls today from journalists on yesterday’s government announcement on tackling tax avoidance.

I have already commented on this here.

But I reiterate, no one should be taken in by this.

As I showed in a report for the TUC last year, this is no new crackdown or programme — this is just the routine business of tackling the new tax abuse schemes that the tax profession puts forward each year and which cost us about a billion or so a year. The wording used by the government to announce this is, to be polite, massively over the top. Even Mendelssohn at his worst couldn’t have called such routine action a “tax avoidance clampdown” as if it was something new, when that’s just not true.

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