Tory vows to raise tax issues with Treasury

Chancellor George Osborne and Anne-Marie Trevelyan besides the A1.
Chancellor George Osborne and Anne-Marie Trevelyan besides the A1.

The Conservative parliamentary candidate for Berwick will personally be raising the issue of the enforcement of tax-evasion laws with the Chancellor following the HSBC scandal.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan made the commitment after being contacted by angry residents and those campaigning for a crackdown on ‘tax-dodging’ schemes.

She said; “I am appalled by the revelations that tax evasion may have been assisted for clients of HSBC bank outside UK borders. If that is the case, I hope that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be investigating all these allegations and tracking down tax-evaders and will bring them to justice according to the law.”

A trained accountant with 20 years’ practice experience, Ms Trevelyan added: “I believe that all UK citizens should pay the tax they owe, using the laws of the land to make best use of their hard-earned money. There have been a lot of changes during the last parliament to reduce avoidance, a legal activity, by tightening up the rules and I think this is a good thing.

“If the HMRC identified other areas where tax avoidance should be clamped down on then I hope that into the next parliament we will continue to improve tax-collection theory and practice. I look forward to discussing these issues directly with George Osborne.”