Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

On 21st November, Mr Jon Thompson gave evidence to the Treasury Committee. In response to question 231 of the session that day, Mr Thompson said:

"If there was a legitimate reason for having that loan.."

This was in connection with a statement that the loan charge is retrospective.

The statement indicates that a loan, in the circumstances of an arrangement or scheme to pay contractors, was not "legitimate". In other words, Illegitimate or illegal.

We have recently seen The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP "correct" a statement he made to Treasury Select Committee that contractor schemes were "illegal tax avoidance". He now accepts that tax avoidance is not illegal.

Can HMRC confirm that tax avoidance is not deemed to be illegal in the sense that it is something perpetrated outside the law?

Can HMRC confirm that they agree with the revised statement from Mr Hammond?

Can HMRC confirm that Mr Thompson will be correcting his statement to the Treasury Committee which otherwise colours his evidence in a biased and unfair manner?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Graham Webber

foi.team@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

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Dear Mr Webber

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 27
November 2018.

Yours sincerely,

HMRC Freedom of Information Team

Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of HM Revenue and Customs's handling of my FOI request 'Clarifying a public statement'.

I asked specific questions and none of them has been answered.

In particular the CEO of HMRC was asked to clarify his statement that the use of loans was illegitmate and has refused to do so.

Please ask HMRC to review the response and provide clear and unequivocal answers to my questions.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Graham Webber

foi.team@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: IR2018/02821

Dear Mr Webber,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Acknowledgement

Thank you for your communication of 21st December which has been passed to
HMRC's Freedom of Information Team.

We have allocated the above reference which you should quote if you need
to contact us.

The Team will arrange for a reply to be sent to you which will either
comply with HMRC's obligations under Freedom of Information Act or, if we
think it's an enquiry that we don't need to address under the terms of the
Act, let you know why. If it is the latter we will, if possible, pass it
on to a more appropriate part of the Department for answer.

Yours sincerely

HMRC Freedom of Information Act Team

foi.team@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: IR2018/02821

Dear Mr Webber,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Acknowledgement

Thank you for your communication of 21st December which has been passed to
HMRC's Freedom of Information Team.

We have allocated the above reference which you should quote if you need
to contact us.

The Team will arrange for a reply to be sent to you which will either
comply with HMRC's obligations under Freedom of Information Act or, if we
think it's an enquiry that we don't need to address under the terms of the
Act, let you know why. If it is the latter we will, if possible, pass it
on to a more appropriate part of the Department for answer.

Yours sincerely

HMRC Freedom of Information Act Team

foi.team@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

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Dear Mr Webber

I am writing in response to your request for Internal Review, received 21
December 2018

Yours sincerely,

HMRC Freedom of Information Team

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