Tax dodging

Fact checks focused on tax evasion, avoidance and offshore accounts

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?
20 January 2017

The cost of cutting corporation tax

It could reduce the government’s income, but we haven’t seen estimates for the overall effect.

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The cost of cutting corporation tax
20 January 2017

What do the wealthiest pay in tax?

Define wealthiest and we’ll get back to you.

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What do the wealthiest pay in tax?
13 December 2016

Historically high levels of tax?

In recent years the UK's tax take has varied between 30% and 35% of GDP.

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Historically high levels of tax?
9 December 2016

Corporation tax: UK vs USA

US corporation tax rates are about 39%, on average according to the OECD, so about twice that paid in the UK.

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Corporation tax: UK vs USA
18 October 2016

Economy introductions: income tax and who pays it

An introduction to income tax - and who pays it.

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Economy introductions: income tax and who pays it
7 October 2016

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.

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Tax: evasion and avoidance in the UK
25 May 2016

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.

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Tax gap, migration and trade deficit: Prime Minister's Questions
14 April 2016

Do benefit fraud investigators outnumber tax inspectors 10:1?

We’ve looked into claims comparing the number of benefit fraud and tax evasion investigators.

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Do benefit fraud investigators outnumber tax inspectors 10:1?
11 April 2016

"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.

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"Taxation is legalised extortion": a quote out of context?

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