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Finance Act 2014

Background Note

14.The Code was introduced in 2009. The names of the top 15 banks that had adopted the Code were published in November 2010. The Code is one element of the Government’s   anti-avoidance strategy and is designed to change the attitudes and behaviour of banks towards avoidance given their unique position as potential users, promoters and funders of tax avoidance.

15.The Code describes the approach expected of banks with regard to governance, tax planning and engagement with HMRC. It aims to encourage banks, building societies and organisations providing banking services operating in the UK to adopt best practice in relation to their tax affairs.

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