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Committee to probe HMRC’s work on tax evasion/fraud

£16bn

This is how much is lost to tax fraud every year in the UK, according to Revenue & Customs. Meg Hillier MP, chairman of the committee of public accounts, said HMRC “clearly needs to think harder about how it tackles tax evasion, the hidden economy and criminal attacks”.

The committee will be examining HMRC’s work in this area throughout this Parliament.

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Ms Hillier added: “Time and time again we hear that government departments don’t have the data or information that they need to plan or evaluate their activities properly, despite being responsible for setting up these projects or programmes in the first place.

“HMRC is no different in this respect. It needs to use the powers and sanctions it has to make a public example of those who break the rules.”