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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 September 2021

Tax fraud could be over £20 billion annually

Leicester TUSC supporters protesting outside Boots over tax avoidance, photo Leicester SP

Leicester TUSC supporters protesting outside Boots over tax avoidance, photo Leicester SP   (Click to enlarge)

The think tank Taxwatch estimates as much as £15.2 billion of UK tax lost in 2020 was from fraudulent activity - almost half of uncollected income.

They say this consisted of money lost from criminal attacks (£5.2 billion), evasion (£5.5 billion), hidden economy (£3 billion) and avoidance (£1.5 billion).

However, the think tank said some forms of fraud, such as profit shifting by multinational companies, is not included in HMRC's calculation, nor is fraud from Covid-19 support schemes. This means the amount of tax lost to fraud will be significantly more than the £15.2 billion identified. An estimate of at least £20 billion would not be "unreasonable".

Yet the government has increased taxation for ordinary working people to raise just £5.4 billion over three years in a vain attempt to 'fix' social care.

Dave Gorton, Chesterfield Socialist Party

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