HMRC collects £3 billion in disputed tax

HMRC has collected £3 billion from 60,000 accelerated payment notices (APNs) since they were introduced in 2014. When an APN is issued, any taxpayer judged to be involved in an avoidance scheme must pay the amount of disputed tax upfront, before the resolution of the dispute. Jennie Granger, Director General for Enforcement and Compliance at HMRC said: "Accelerated payment notices are at the forefront of the Government's drive to tackle tax avoidance schemes. Recipients must pay the tax owed within 90 days, changing the economics of tax avoidance."

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