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HMRC brings in £1bn from avoidance crackdown 22 September 2015

HMRC has collected £1bn in tax payments from users of avoidance schemes as a result of the government’s new rules to collect disputed tax, Treasury secretary David Gauke has announced.

Under the rules for accelerated payments, introduced last year, disputed tax is paid up front by avoidance scheme users.

Gauke (pictured) said: “The Government will not tolerate tax avoidance and accelerated payments has been a real game changer.

“It is no longer possible for these individuals to avoid tax and sit on the money while their affairs are investigated. This first £1bn received in accelerated payments shows that we are turning the tables on those looking to avoid paying their fair share.”

Jennie Granger, director general for enforcement and compliance, HMRC, said: “Tax avoiders are running out of options. People now have to pay upfront and dispute later. We are winning around 80% of avoidance cases that people litigate. And many more are settling before litigation.”

More than 25,000 notices to pay disputed tax have been issued by HMRC since August 2014. By the end of 2016, HMRC expects to have completed issuing around 64,000, bringing forward £5.5bn in payments for the Treasury by March 2020.

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