Promotors of Tax Avoidance

Waiting for an internal review by HM Revenue and Customs of their handling of this request.

Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

I have in my hands a letter dated July 2018 from HMRC stating "We also pursue those who promote or enable schemes that attempt to avoid tax . We have a range of powers to discourage promoting or enabling avoidance, including penalty regimes which can impose penalties unto £1m or the whole of the fees earned for attempting to enable avoidance. We are also reporting promotors to the Advertising and Standards Agency and professional bodies, and opening criminal investigations where appropriate. Promotors of tax avoidance schemes have been prosecuted, leading to criminal and jail terms"

Please let me know...

1) How many criminal investigations against promotors are:
a) Currently Open
b) Closed with a Success
c) Failed in Court and still being pursued
d) Failed in Court and closed without success
e) How many promotors have been jailed

2) Who are the professional bodies you are reporting them to

3) Which of these professional bodies regulated

Yours faithfully,

Ian on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: FOI2018/01512

Dear Ian,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Acknowledgement

Thank you for your communication of 12th July which has been passed to
HMRC's Freedom of Information Team.

We have allocated the above reference which you should quote if you need
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The Team will arrange for a reply to be sent to you which will either
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on to a more appropriate part of the Department for answer.

Yours sincerely

HMRC Freedom of Information Act Team on behalf of FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

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Dear Ian,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 12th

Yours sincerely,

HMRC Freedom of Information Team

Dear [email address] on behalf of FOI Central Team,

I understand you are unable to respond because my FOI request failed under 8.1(b)

"States the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence, andmy name and address are invalid"

I would like to provide this information to you; how should I do this

Yours sincerely,


HM Revenue and Customs

Dear Ian

Thank you for your email.

We need you to re-submit your request but also to provide your full

To qualify as a valid submission under the FOIA, a request must fulfil
the criteria set out in Section 8 of the Act which states the following:
FOIA.8. (1) In this Act any reference to a "request for information" is
a reference to such a request which;
(a) Is in writing
(b) States the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence,
(c) Describes the information requested

Kind regards


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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 'Promotors of Tax Avoidance'.

I do not believe that his request necessitates a direct response to me; the information requested is of paramount interest to UK Taxpayers in general. I will however consider making another request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,