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Do you know a Mr Big?

26 May 2005 / James Bullock , Jason Collins
Issue: 4009 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , HMRC powers , Companies
JAMES BULLOCK and JASON COLLINS consider the tax implications of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

SERIOUS ORGANISED CRIME conjures up images of gangland villains. People who run teams of 'heavies' making large profits out of drug-dealing protection rackets nightclub security and from time to time large scale well-organised armed robberies.
Like many tax professionals gangland villains operate out of firms. Like tax professionals they will often employ people to work for them although unlike tax professionals they are rarely compliant with their PAYE obligations. Again like tax professionals they will tend to form networks with their colleagues where they will discuss business operational risk and again like tax professionals aspects of the law that impact upon their business activities. However except in the most unfortunate circumstances one would not expect the respective paths of a serious organised criminal and a tax professional to cross.

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