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We need tax-avoidance snipers, says Charity Tax Group chair

John Hemming says the authorities should avoid measures that could catch innocent charities when trying to deal with charities set up as tax-avoidance schemes

Tax authorities should avoid introducing widespread measures that could catch innocent charities in order to prevent situations such as the Cup Trust tax-avoidance scheme, the chair of the Charity Tax Group has warned.

Speaking in London yesterday at the CTG annual conference, John Hemming said the tax enforcement regime for charities needed “snipers” rather than broad measures that could cause “collateral damage” to the voluntary sector.

He said that HM Revenue & Customs and the Charity Commission should not go overboard in their reactions to the Cup Trust tax-avoidance scheme, which he said had created “an awful lot of bad publicity”.

“I just hope we are not collateral damage in the war against abuse,” he said. Hemming said his message to HMRC was: “Do not create collateral damage; we need snipers.”


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