To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 January 2015 to Question 219226 on multinational companies: tax avoidance, whether he has made any such request for the exchange of information with the Luxembourg tax authorities.
8 January 2015
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) routinely shares information with other tax administrations; this is normal practice and is one of many tools HMRC uses when enquiring into tax avoidance. Where risks are identified HMRC will challenge these robustly. HMRC have a legal duty of confidentiality which limits the information they can disclose, including to ministers. I therefore cannot provide any further information about the subject of any enquiries which they may make.