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David Gauke said "the net is closing in" on individuals using illegal arrangements to facilitate tax evasion. “I think they should be fearful, and given the evidence that we have produced yesterday, they have even greater reason to be fe... Continue to article
David Gauke said that the having private sector tax advisors within government departments did not present "a conflict of interest”. “That is an area [tax law] we want to make sure is effective and workable and in order to develop the la... Continue to article
David Gauke said banks needed to strike a balance between recapitalising and offering sufficient lending to British businesses after the Financial Policy Committee said banks needed £25bn more in reserves. “There is a balance that needs ... Continue to article
The Tories are already consulting on a policy similar to a mansion tax, a Labour treasury minister has said. Chris Leslie pointed MPs to a Treasury consultation, looking at charging residential properties worth over £2m owned by companie... Continue to article
Conservative backbenchers are “perfectly entitled” to suggest ideas for the Budget, George Osborne has said. Mr Osborne was responding to an email produced by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls which he suggested illustrated Tory discontent with... Continue to article
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David Gauke insisted that the credit downgrade underlined the need for the UK to reduce its deficit, saying it would be "very risky" to change course. "No, I think it [the credit rating downgrade] underlines the fact that we’ve got to ge... Continue to article
Downing Street has hailed today's announcement on tax avoidance, saying it shows the Government takes closing loopholes "incredibly seriously".
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "What you've learned today is the Government takes tax avoidance incredibly seriously. We will continue to take tough action."
The Treasury announced this morning it had closed two "aggressive" and "abusive" tax avoidance schemes amounting to £500m at a high-street bank, reported to be Barclays.
Legislation was rushed through to close the loophole, and Treasury Minister David Gauke said this morning that Barclays was "not going to have any benefit" from its £500m tax avoidance scheme, and said he suspected "the bank in question is regretting what it has done".
Mr Gauke has also argued that cutting tax rates for businesses is a "critical" part of the Government's strategy for economic recovery. In an exclusive piece for PoliticsHome, Mr Gauke said that it is right that in a time of "difficult austerity" the Government, HMRC and the Treasury "come under closer scrutiny to ensure that we collect the tax due".
John Whiting, Tax Policy Director at the Chartered institute of Taxation, said today's announcement was aimed at the whole banking sector, rather than just one institution.
Speaking to PoliticsHome, Mr Whiting said:"One indicator is, clearly, that it’s not just one bank, because although there’s talk of saving £500m and the figures go up to £2bn, there is a suggestion that if they didn’t take action lots of others would do it, because these things get around."
He added that the Government had shown it was "trying to get serious to rebuild trust and confidence in the tax system".
Exchequer secretary David Gauke has condemned the "staggering" £42bn lost to the Treasury in tax avoidance, evasion and collection problems in the year to 2008-09. In order to improve efficiency, HMRC is considering scrapping PAYE and deducting tax directly from workers' salaries.
Almost a million of those affected by the problems with PAYE tax will have their debt written off by the treasury. The General Secretary of the PCS Mark Serwotka has written to the Guardian saying staff cuts are partially to blame for the tax errors.
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