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Conference Report

Chris Reece reports back from the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation's recent conference on tax avoidance and adds his personal comments
The Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation (OUCBT) held a conference on tax avoidance in the afternoon of Monday 8 June 2009. More than 100 delegates — from practice industry the press HMRC the Treasury academia and more — enjoyed three hours of thought-provoking comment and debate.
A gesture towards context is necessary to make this report — and indeed the presentations at the conference — more easily comprehensible. 'Tax avoidance' can have a variety of meanings but here the backdrop was provided by the Guardian's recent series on the 'Tax Gap'.
One of the difficulties faced by that...

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