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The tax assurance commissioner’s first annual report

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In this report, the tax assurance commissioner reveals how HMRC is performing in resolving disputes with taxpayers, in particular under new governance arrangements introduced to restore public confidence in HMRC’s dealings with large corporates. Whilst senior decision-making in 75% of the 22 cases considered under the new arrangements was endorsed, there is some ambiguity in the remaining quarter. The report also looks at HMRC’s operational performance across a range of tax disputes, trumpeting in particular recent avoidance litigation successes, which have secured recovery of £1bn in old cases. But with £5bn of new avoidance being added to the tax gap each year, does HMRC have the right strategy?

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