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21 February 2012 / Mike Truman
Issue: 4342 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , Admin
What does the failure of the Redknapp prosecution mean for HMRC’s anti-evasion strategy? MIKE TRUMAN investigates


  • How does HMRC distinguish cases of innocent taxpayers from those who are guilty?
  • Is this the reason for no prosecutions under the ODF?
  • Would it have been better to simply pursue tax and penalties?
  • Need for a sanction when statements of assets are not complete.

Let me be very clear about one thing right from the start. Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric like Ken Dodd over 30 years ago are innocent of cheating the public revenue. Nothing in this article should be taken as making any suggestion to the contrary.

However the case of Redknapp and Mandaric has similarities (already remarked on by several commentators) with that of Dodd and raises a serious and difficult question for HMRC.

How do they distinguish between cases such as these where the...

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