Open consultation

Tax abuse and insolvency


We are seeking views on how to tackle the small minority of taxpayers who abuse the insolvency regime to try to avoid or evade their tax liabilities.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

At Autumn Budget 2017 and Spring Statement 2018, the government announced that it would explore ways to tackle those who deliberately abuse the insolvency regime in trying to avoid or evade their tax liabilities, including through the use of phoenixism.

Please give us your views on how to tackle this abuse after reading the discussion paper ‘Tax Abuse and Insolvency’. This looks at several behaviours related to misuse of corporate insolvency - tax avoidance, tax evasion and repeated non-payment of tax - to identify potential solutions. These could include legislation, operational measures or other action.

This consultation only targets corporate bodies that exploit insolvency in this way and is not aimed at any particular size or type. Companies that enter insolvency for genuine commercial reasons will not be affected.


Tax Abuse and Insolvency: A Discussion Document

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Ways to respond

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Write to:

Ellen Roberts, Counter Avoidance Directorate,
HM Revenue and Customs,
Room 3/41, 100 Parliament Street,
London SW1A 2BQ

Published 11 April 2018