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NHS tax avoidance investigated

Major accountancy firms stand accused of helping NHS Trusts in England avoid paying tax, ITV News can reveal. HMRC are to investigate the use of tax avoidance schemes when NHS Trusts pay agency medics in order to escape paying VAT.

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HMRC 'actively looking into' tax avoidance in the NHS

NHS trusts must adhere to current employment and tax legislation. HMRC is aware of the issue and actively looking into it to ensure the right tax is paid.

In the interim, VAT schemes are legal but trusts should think long and hard about their arrangements and make sure they are always in the public interest.

– Department of Health spokesperson

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