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Avoiding moral repugnancy in the age of tax transparency

The tax adviser’s viewpoint

In this age of the ‘new morality’ in tax that seems to have dawned upon us I have increasingly found myself being asked to undertake projects that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. No longer am I just providing support for corporate and real estate transactions or dealing with HMRC enquiries into how companies and individuals have arranged their tax affairs. More and more I find myself on the front line of the war being waged by the state and the media against what used to be called tax evasion but which is increasingly being subsumed into the expression ‘tax avoidance’. A few examples from the last 12 months will demonstrate:

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