Tax avoidance: don’t get caught out

Ruksanna Malik
November 27, 2020

Taxavoidance: don’t get caught out’ campaign
HMRC has launched the ‘Tax avoidance: don’t get caught out’ campaign. The campaign is about helping people make informed choices about their tax affairs, so they aren’t tempted by avoidance schemes that promise higher take-home pay, only to be left with unexpected tax bills.

These schemes are marketed through word-of mouth and online price comparison-style websites to contractors. We want them to be better informed about the consequences of avoidance and to help you support your clients, customers and members. The ‘Tax avoidance: don’t get caught out’ page contains guidance and personal stories so contractors can educate themselves about the signs and dangers of tax avoidance schemes. We would be grateful for your support in signposting the landing page to those who are currently contractors or are looking to become one.

We have also published the 'Use of Marketed Tax Avoidance Schemes in the UK' report, which brings together information about the numbers and characteristics of taxpayers using avoidance schemes.

It includes the types of schemes most used, occupations, locations and the declared incomes of those involved. We are doing this so we can make sure the people most likely to be offered tax avoidance schemes fully understand the risks, and will be working with local stakeholders to get that message across.