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 higher than the official figure and doesn’t just cover tax dodging by the super-rich and big corporations.
Claim Brexit is about concealing offshore accounts is baseless
New rules aim to prevent tax avoidance and money laundering but will not force the owners of offshore accounts to “come clean”.
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.
Do benefit fraud investigators outnumber super-rich tax inspectors 8:1?
The ratio is lower than this, and it’s hard to compare staffing levels for fundamentally different jobs.
Tax dodging: how big is the problem?
The government says the tax gap is £34 billion. Other estimates go as high as £122 billion.
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.
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.
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’.
Tax cuts: corporation tax, inheritance, capital gains and the bank levy
All four have had some cuts... but only two have been cut overall.
Have the Conservatives brought in £70 billion worth of tax cuts?
Only if you don’t count the accompanying tax rises.