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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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NHS Trusts condemned for 'aggressive tax avoidance'

Margaret Hodge, the chair of the Public Accounts Committee, told ITV News: "I understand why they are tempted to go down this route but they are wrong. They should not be engaging in aggressive tax avoidance.

"I have to say the people who benefit from this are the accountants who have set up this system and they are taking money out of the NHS, out of direct services...and pocketing it and that is tax payers' money."

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