HMRC's Use of Consulting Companies

David Baker made this Freedom of Information request to HM Revenue and Customs

The request was partially successful.

From: David Baker

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Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

HM Revenue & Customs have encouraged the practice of tax avoidance via the use of "consulting companies" by agreeing to such arrangements.

HMRC's former Chief Information Officer, Deepak Singh, used such an avoidance method in 2009.

For each of the last 3 tax years and the period from 1 April 2011 to the present time please let me know:

a) how many different "consulting Companies" carried out work for HMRC

b) the full Companies House registered names of these "consulting companies?"

c) how much was paid to each of these "consulting companies"

Yours faithfully,

David Baker

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From: David Baker

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Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

The 3 years to which I referred in my FOIA request are the 3 years to 31 March 2011

Yours faithfully,

David Baker

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Dear Mr Baker,

Please find attached HMRC's response to your information request.

Yours sincerely

Teresa Chance
FOI Policy Adviser
Central Policy
Rm 1C/25
100 Parliament Street
London
SW1A 2BQ
Tel: 020 7147 3253
Fax: 020 7147 0666

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From: David Baker

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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 'HMRC's Use of Consulting Companies'.

[ 1) Please confirm that consultancy categorisation was changed 2010/11 to a general categorisation that included non consultancy

2) What changes to the categorisation of consultancy spend took place during 2010/11 (from what to what)

3) What was the reason for change

4) A company is not an individual and cannot fall in the Data Protection Act Principles or Act. It is immaterial that a company is named after the name of an individual. Please supply the information requested in respect of these Consulting Companies

5) The amounts paid are stated as paid NET. What were the GROSS Amounts and what were the reasons for deduction in arriving at the NET]

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

Yours faithfully,

David Baker

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From: David Baker

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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 'HMRC's Use of Consulting Companies'.

Aidan Callan HMRC Freedom of Information Team, Room 1C/25, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ Telephone No 020 7147 3234, has sent me an email outwith Whatdotheyknow telling me that HMRC are refusing this FOIA request because HMRC consider it to be vexatious.

I refute such an allegation and ask you to provide a full explanation why you view this request as vexatious.

My request has been made to establish fact that is in the public interest.

I fear the real reason HMRC wish to suppress information lies in the fact that the response will not reflect well on HMRC.

Please urgently reconsider your refusal and either

1) provide the information sought or

2) confirm that the refusal remains in force providing a full explanation why you view this request as vexatious.

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

Yours faithfully,

David Baker

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Dear Mr Baker

I attach HMRC's response to your request for a review under the above
reference. I apologise for the delay in issuing this response.

Yours sincerely

Mary Leeds

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Mary Leeds | Freedom of Information Policy Adviser | Central Policy | Room
1C/25 | 100 Parliament Street London SW1A 2BQ | Tel: 020 7147 0034

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