The United Kingdom’s HM Revenue & Customs has issued a Consultation Paper dated 23.07.2012 called “Lifting the lid on Tax Avoidance Schemes” to discuss how Tax Avoidance Schemes are created and what steps can be taken to expose them. The Paper also describes proposals for revising and extending the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) regime.
The Consultation Paper is of great importance in the Indian context in the light of GAAR which is proposed to be introduced w.e.f. 1.4.2013 and the Draft General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) Guidelines which were introduced recently. The Australian Income-tax Department has issued a similar guide on exposing tax avoidance schemes.