The crackdown means HMRC can penalise those who advise on offshore tax saving [Image: Rui Vieira/PA].

Bearing in mind the fact that we have had Conservative governments that have actively aided tax evasion and avoidance for most of the last 50 years (according to this article), do YOU think this is intended to do any good at all?

Until This Writer sees major names being penalised in a big way, this will be nothing but a sop for the whiners.

Tax advisers, accountants and lawyers who aid the super-rich with offshore tax evasion will face tough new penalties from New Year’s Day, with HMRC now able to publicly name and shame “enablers”.

The Treasury said the government’s new powers would see individuals or corporations who take deliberate action to help others evade paying tax facing fines of up to 100% of the tax they helped evade or £3,000, whichever is highest.

Source: HMRC empowered to name and shame tax evasion ‘enablers’ | Business | The Guardian

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