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16 Feb

Withers lead litigation against tax avoidance scheme promoters

Promoters of tax avoidance schemes are facing a group litigation action, brought by law firm Withers and LML, on behalf of professional footballers and other celebrities who lost millions when HM Revenue & Customs challenged the schemes. The litigation alleges that clients were victims of mis-selling by advisors who specifically targeted young and financially inexperienced […]

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09 Feb

Footballers “didn’t know what they were signing up to”

Intermediaries and IFAs “right across the country” are set to face legal action, according to lawyers behind a group action for mis-selling tax schemes to footballers. Global law firm Withers said it hopes to bring a case to court this quarter and could put together a group of around 100 people who lost money – […]

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08 Feb

Class action for footballers hit by tax schemes

Withers has a launched class action for footballers who face losing millions from investing in tax avoidance schemes. The action group, which is open to other high profile, affluent celebrities caught up in these schemes, is being led by Tessa Lorimer, special counsel in Withers’ tax investigations team, and litigation partner Roberto Moruzzi. The pair […]

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08 Feb

Withers: class action for UK tax avoidance scheme victims

Withers is launching a major class action suit aimed at helping investors whose investments in certain tax avoidance schemes have been challenged by HMRC. “With a repayment deadline of April 2016 looming for many [of these] investors, they are increasingly desperate in their search for effective answers,” Withers said in a statement on Friday announcing the class […]

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07 Feb

Withers appoints LML for group action

Group litigation specialists LML have been appointed by international law firm Withers on what is sure to be a high profile group action focused on HMRC’s clampdown on tax schemes involving sports professionals, music industry figures and actors. Many well-known UK individuals have been issued with Accelerated Payment Notices (APN’s) by HMRC which relate to tax schemes which they […]

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31 Jul

Tax scheme Judicial Review fails

Tax scheme Judicial Review fails: More than 150 Ingenious Media investors have failed in their bid to overturn Advanced Payment Notices from HMRC. The investors launched a human rights challenge to new powers brought in by the Chancellor allowing inspectors to issue upfront payments for what they have deemed to be tax avoidance. However the […]

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13 Mar

“Wave of litigation” predicted after HMRC clamp down

Specialist tax lawyers at Withers are predicting, “a wave of litigation”, following HMRC clamp down on the use of tax avoidance schemes. With HMRC aiming to reclaim tax from around 33,000 individuals by April 2016, investors and promoters of these schemes and their financial advisors are in the spotlight. In an interview with the FT, Withers special […]

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13 Feb

Tax avoidance schemes: the balance between avoidance and evasion

Tax avoidance schemes have been plastered all over the press of late. Almost on a daily basis hither to much loved pop stars and television personalities have been ‘outed’ for investing in a tax avoidance scheme. Taxpayers who have been used to having complete confidentiality regarding all things tax related are suddenly discovering that their […]

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23 Jan

Former footballers face £300m tax bill

Former Premier League footballers face £300m in tax repayments to HMRC after receiving Advanced Payment Notices from HMRC. In an article in the Guardian, the welfare organisation for former players, Xpro, is predicting “bankruptcy and possibly homelessness” for players who are unable to repay the notices. The Xpro members, of which the organisation say could […]

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05 Sep

HMRC’s accelerated payment of tax powers come into effect

In the 2013 Budget, the Government announced its intention to enable HMRC to issue notices to taxpayers to inform them that they should settle their outstanding tax liability in the event that a previously decided Tax Tribunal case has direct relevance to their dispute. In the Autumn Statement 2013, the Government announced that accelerated upfront […]

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