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60-second interview: Sean Wakeman

Jennifer Palmer-Violet talks to Sean Wakeman at Crowe Clark Whitehill about the firm’s industry survey that calls for a general tax amnesty 

22 May 2013

Your research found that most accountants think HMRC needs to launch a general disclosure mechanism.

Nothing much surprised me; if anything it confirmed our thoughts. If there were any surprises they came in the unanimity.
To get 96 per cent of accountants saying they think the time for a general tax amnesty is right now is an overwhelming result. I was a little surprised by how strong the feeling was.

In last year’s survey, 78 per cent were in favour. Why the increase?

There has been a growing feeling among accountants that the facilities that have been wheeled out are perceived to be favourable to the most sophisticated investor. That doesn’t always mean wealthier... I think accountants

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