“Case defeats cost HMRC millions in legal costs”

HMRC spent more than £2m in legal costs following lost cases in 2019/20, according to research by law firm Pinsent Masons. This represented an 88% hike in the amount HMRC shelled out in legal costs to taxpayers for the period.

In the 2018/19 tax year, the taxman settled 34 cases, costing HMRC some £1.34m. In 2019/20 that had jumped to 43 cases, costing it more than £2.5m.

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