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.
The cost of cutting corporation tax
We haven’t seen estimates for the overall effect.
What do the wealthiest pay in tax?
Define wealthiest and we’ll get back to you.
Historically high levels of tax?
In recent years the UK's tax take has varied between 30% and 35% of GDP.
Corporation tax: UK vs USA
Corporate tax rates are lower in the UK
Economy introductions: income tax and who pays it
An introduction to income tax - and who pays it.
Tax: evasion and avoidance in the UK
In 2013-14, HMRC estimate that they lost about £2.7 billion through tax avoidance and £4.4 billion through tax evasion—so about £7.1 billion overall.
Tax gap, migration and trade deficit: Prime Minister's Questions
We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on the tax gap, the trade deficit, Scottish migration, and the EU referendum government websites.
Do benefit fraud investigators outnumber tax inspectors 10:1?
We’ve looked into claims comparing the number of benefit fraud and tax evasion investigators.
"Taxation is legalised extortion": a quote out of context?
A senior tax official says that an old quote of his that taxation is "legalised extortion" should be seen in context. Here's the context.
Did cutting the 50p rate of tax raise £8 billion?
Figures released this week on tax receipts aren't as simple as they might seem.
Is Google paying 3% tax?
The debate is over what counts as Google's "economic activity" in the UK.
Corporation Tax, the deficit, and the 'bedroom tax': factchecking Prime Minister's Questions
We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on Corporation Tax, today's court ruling on the 'bedroom tax', and the deficit.