Tax dodging

Fact checks focused on tax evasion, avoidance and offshore accounts

24 August 2020

Comparing tax dodging and benefits for people seeking asylum

MP Zarah Sultana claimed that the super-rich and large corporations dodge £90 billion in tax every year. This is based on an estimate for the tax gap which is much …

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Comparing tax dodging and benefits for people seeking asylum
30 September 2019

Claim Brexit is about concealing offshore accounts is baseless

New EU tax laws aim to stop tax avoidance practices by companies. They do not aim to make owners of offshore bank accounts “come clean”.

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Claim Brexit is about concealing offshore accounts is baseless
31 July 2019

There’s no easy way to compare benefit and tax fraud.

This graphic comparing benefit fraud and tax fraud is wrong. It’s difficult to compare DWP and HMRC, and most of the numbers quoted are incorrect.

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There’s no easy way to compare benefit and tax fraud.
9 July 2018

Do benefit fraud investigators outnumber super-rich tax inspectors 8:1?

HMRC employs around 1,000 staff to work with and investigate the tax affairs of the affluent and super-rich. DWP employs around 4,000 staff in its benefit fraud team.

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Do benefit fraud investigators outnumber super-rich tax inspectors 8:1?
9 November 2017

Tax dodging: how big is the problem?

The government says the tax gap is £34 billion. Other estimates go as high as £122 billion.

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Tax dodging: how big is the problem?
2 November 2017

How much has the government recouped from tax evasion and avoidance?

Last year HMRC estimates it made £29 billion extra as a result of its compliance activities.

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How much has the government recouped from tax evasion and avoidance?
1 November 2017

Are the super-rich paying less income tax?

The amount of income tax collected from the wealthiest in 2009 was unusual as people sought to avoid a tax rise in 2010.

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Are the super-rich paying less income tax?
31 March 2017

Does the Treasury lose £40 billion each year to the super-rich?

There’s much uncertainty here, but that claim isn’t supported by HMRC’s own estimates. The emphasis should be on the word ‘estimates’.

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Does the Treasury lose £40 billion each year to the super-rich?
22 March 2017

Tax cuts: corporation tax, inheritance, capital gains and the bank levy

All four have had some cuts... but only two have been cut overall.

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Tax cuts: corporation tax, inheritance, capital gains and the bank levy
20 March 2017

Have the Conservatives brought in £70 billion worth of tax cuts?

Labour has assessed the cost of changes to corporation tax, inheritance tax, capital gains tax and the bank levy since 2010. They've suggested a £120 billion cost. Is that correct?

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Have the Conservatives brought in £70 billion worth of tax cuts?

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