HMRC denies misleading MPs over tax avoidance by its contractors

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Commons report claimed tax agency put its reputation ‘ahead of telling the truth’ about loan arrangement schemes

A group of MPs has accused HM Revenue & Customs of “misleading” a parliamentary committee, and possibly breaking the civil service code, by withholding “embarrassing” information about how it had engaged at least 15 contractors who used tax avoidance schemes while working for the tax agency.

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In a report on Wednesday, the all-party group of MPs and peers claimed that HMRC had put the management of its reputation “ahead of telling the truth”.

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