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Ex-Labour main was questioned by HMRC right after getting £140,000 in payments from trade union

Ian Lavery, a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, insisted his tax affairs were up to date and said HMRC had found there was


A previous Labour chairman was questioned by the taxman after obtaining virtually £140,000 from his trade union, it was claimed.

Ian Lavery, a near ally of Jeremy Corbyn, insisted his tax affairs ended up up to day and claimed HMRC experienced uncovered there was ‘no further more assessment necessary’.

The Wansbeck MP, who was president of the Northumberland National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) union, admitted he had been matter of an HMRC inquiry, but stated ‘no added payments were asked for or penalties applied’.

But yesterday the tax lawyer credited with bringing down previous chancellor Nadhim Zahaw around a multi-million pound tax invoice, stated Mr Lavery still had inquiries to answer.

Ian Lavery, a near ally of Jeremy Corbyn, insisted his tax affairs had been up to date and claimed HMRC had located there was ‘no further evaluation necessary’.

Dan Neidle, a previous head of tax at a main regulation agency, said: ‘I fear that, like Mr Zahawi, Mr Lavery has decided the most effective response to people asking authentic queries about his tax affairs is to present bland statements that all tax has been appropriately paid, dismiss the unique inquiries staying questioned, and hope it all goes absent.’

The i paper, which broke the tale previous night, reported that the ex-miner had declined to respond to repeated inquiries on irrespective of whether he experienced absolutely declared payments from his previous employer – the NUM – to HMRC.

The concerns concern a £72,500 financial loan handed to Mr Lavery, pictured, by the union to acquire a house, which was afterwards composed off.

It was claimed he also received termination payments of £60,600 devoid of tax from the NUM branch he experienced led for 8 a long time. 

Immediately after an overpayment of £30,600 was located, Mr Lavery paid £15,000 back again – but not the remaining £15,600 – meaning he retained £45,600. 

Mr Lavery was consistently contacted for comment by the Mail but did not react.

 He instructed the i: ‘All taxes are and had been often paid out in line with HMRC specifications by myself and my prior employer.’

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