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GENERAL ANTI TAX AVOIDANCE PRINCIPLE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 268: tabled on 26 June 2012

Tabled in the 2012-13 session.

This motion has been signed by 16 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes and shares the public opposition to tax avoidance schemes like K2; believes that the Government should introduce a General Anti-Avoidance Principle to tackle tax avoidance, rather than a narrowly focused General Anti-Abuse Rule; further believes that unlike a narrow rule, a principle cannot be broken or circumvented by corporate lawyers or tax avoidance advisers; further believes that a principle, underpinned by a sensibly-financed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) clearance system, would be attractive to both businesses and HMRC, by creating a level playing field for all businesses so that all pay their fair share, whilst bringing in tax revenue to HMRCthat would otherwise go unpaid; and therefore calls on the Government to legislate for a principle that any financial arrangements made by a company or individual should not have as their primary purposethe avoidance of tax.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.