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In conversation... Tax and the Public Accounts Committee

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  • Claims from a whistleblower in December 2011 heralded a change in approach by the PAC, with a move from examining public expenditure to ‘policing’ tax.
  • The PAC can require witnesses within the UK jurisdiction to attend hearings. Witnesses should ensure they are well prepared and stick to the facts.
  • Companies increasingly recognise that they need to communicate their tax policies with the wider public.
  • There are some concerns that the PAC is overstepping its remit and that the message from the PAC is undermining investment in the UK.

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