HMRC launches task force to target tax-dodging London lawyers

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  • Don't worry peeps. This month it's barristers. Next month it's electricians and the following month it will be asphalt contractors. HMRC is about as competent and effective as a chocolate fire guard. Sure, pay tax and try to get up to date but don't let them bully you. They lose so many files and transfer so many cases from office to office that it is not difficult to run rings around them.

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  • I just don't understand why HMRC doesn't go for the tax advisers. I know one set up which doesn't contain any qualified lawyers and one of the directors is strongly rumoured to be disqualified.

    They barely have any expertise, but a good website means they get lots of clients. The individuals behind it also use their own (very weak) schemes. If the HMRC went after them, not only would it be an easy win but they would limit the options for rich organisations to go out for tax advice.

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  • Not to worry, what? It's the little people with no money and no jobs and no future who will take up the slack. Did you notice they're sleeping in the streets, now? When the big pie is gone because nobody wanted to pay their way, I only ask - it's a practical matter - can the big balance sheet then be relied upon to pay and pay and pay? Likely we'll soon find out. I'm betting on home-gtrown veg;

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  • The two current cases seem to involve nothing more sophisticated than not submitting VAT returns for a very long period of time. I know of one other barrister prosecuted and eventually acquitted for the same reason.

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  • Oops...better ring my clerk and ask for a loan...

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  • I imagine that spending time with "Mike" Eland might be taxing in itself.

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  • Introduce a general legal provision based around artificial arrangements & a 10 yr window to investigate.

    Then go after the tax advisers. The big firms tend to play by the rules. The little organisations are easy to pick off as they're chancers not experts.

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  • "Criminal barrister Edward Agbaje of 1 Gray’s Inn Square ..."

    I say, that's a bit rich isn't it? "Criminal barrister"?

    Innocent till proved guilty and all that.

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  • @ 19 Sept 12:30pm

    What does “artificial” mean? Unnatural? Something that doesn’t occur in nature? A company perhaps? Oh so simple innit

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  • I am an accountant who has acted for barristers for a number of years. from my experience ther are a number of barristers that either fail to register for tax or submit late returns.
    regarding the barristers who fail to register I had a conversation with HMRC at least 20 years ago. They were aware of the situation and of course the names of the barristers in each chambers are clearly displayed on boards outside chambers. They chose to do nothing.
    Why now?

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