Legal Or Illegal?

This request has been withdrawn by the person who made it. There may be an explanation in the correspondence below.

Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

Chanceller Philip Hammond has gone in front of the Finance committee and stated that Tax Avoidance is illegal. Tax experts ( I do not include HMRC in this ) are clear that avoidance is illegal. Here are some experts which may help focus your mind.

In order to bring clarity to the issue without divergence or obfuscation I need a one word answer to fill the dots on the following statement and it must be either "legal" or "illegal"

Tax avoidance is ...........

Yours faithfully,
Colin McDonald on behalf of FOI Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: FOI2018/02491

Dear Mr McDonald,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Acknowledgement

Thank you for your communication of 7th November 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

Dear [email address] on behalf of FOI Team,

Withdrawn, I know the answer.

Yours sincerely,

John McDonald