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Top ten tax shirkers

HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue & Customs

While HM Revenue and Customs does not, as an organisation, dodge tax, successive years of cuts have left the department unable to cope with workloads and left staff morale at rock bottom.

HMRC has already cut its total number of staff from 104,000 in 2005 to around 70,000 now, and it is planned that a further 14,000 staff should be made redundant over the next four to five years, leaving almost half the number employed then compared to a decade beforehand.

Of course computers can do some jobs. But computers can’t:

As a result, HMRC has been unable fully to address both tax avoidance and tax evasion and this has contributed to the £120 billion tax gap in this country – a massive error of judgement by successive governments.

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