Tax chiefs at Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs were last night accused of having links to companies engaged in potential tax avoidance.
The claims come after Chancellor George Osborne condemned tax avoidance as ‘morally repugnant’, even though it is legal.
- HMRC ethics chief Phil Hodkinson earns more than £125,000 a year from a company based in the tax haven of Guernsey.
- John Spence, until recently the Revenue’s audit committee chief, is the chairman of a major estate agents chain whose staff offered advice on avoiding stamp duty.
- The Revenue has awarded a contract for collecting millions of pounds of unpaid tax to a firm owned by a group based in Guernsey.
Last night, HMRC denied any wrongdoing, saying there was no conflict of interest in the directors’ other work
Dispatches, which is not accusing any of the HMRC directors of breaking the law, says Mr Hodkinson, who earns £35,000 a year for his part-time job as HMRC’s ethics committee chairman, also works for insurance giant Resolution, which is incorporated in Guernsey.