HMRC commenting on a taxpayer’s affairs

As Tax Research UK notes, the standard response of HMRC when asked about the affairs of companies like Google, Amazon and Starbucks at the Public Accounts Committee and elsewhere is that they cannot discuss individual taxpayer’s affairs.

Now, thanks to a recent court rulingHMRC are now clearly at liberty to discuss a taxpayer’s affairs if it is in the public interest to do so, tax compliance is promoted as a result, understanding of other taxpayers is enhanced as a consequence and the Revenue’s approach is better understood as a result of the discussion.

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