Majority of litigated tax avoidance cases won by HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) won the majority of tax avoidance cases that it was involved in last year that proceeded to litigation, according to the latest figures.
Of the 26 decisions handed down in 2016/17 in cases where HMRC considered that tax avoidance was involved, 22 went in favour of the Revenue. Three of the remaining decisions went in favour of the taxpayer, while one was a mixed decision.
Heather Self, Partner at law firm Pinsent Masons says: “Anyone seeking to implement a complex tax avoidance scheme would have to be a confirmed optimist to assume they would win if the case is ultimately litigated.”
In 2016, HMRC generated a record compliance yield of £28.9 billion as a result of its anti-tax avoidance and evasion campaign.
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