HMRC accused of hypocrisy over tax avoidance stance

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A spokesman for HMRC said its judgements were solely driven by the specific facts of each case.

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He added: “We administer the laws fairly and objectively, stopping the small minority of taxpayers who are determined to get around the rules and place an unfair additional burden on those who aren’t.

“Our tax enquiries are either resolved in the courts or settled by agreement, but are always based on the facts and the full amount of tax due.”