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Revenue and Customs: Administration of Justice

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the occasions on which HM Revenue and Customs has been taken to court in the last five years in respect of which no proceedings remain active; for what it was taken to court in each case; and what the outcome was of each case. (159268)

The information requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Most litigation involving HM Revenue and Customs concerned disputes as to a tax liability, its administration of the tax system, or collection of tax debt.

The litigation of the Department took place in various tribunals, the magistrates courts, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.

Cases were brought at the instigation of the Department, taxpayers and by others affected by the Department’s actions.