Tax investigations net £20bn haul

New research suggests that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) beat its target for tax investigation work by £2 billion in the last year.

The analysis, published on 16 December, found that a record £20.7 billion in additional revenue was collected by HMRC through compliance work focused on tax avoidance and evasion in 2012-13, 11 per cent more than the £18.6 billion total for the previous year. The target for 2012-13 was £18.7 billion.

Researchers found that extra from tax investigations into small businesses jumped 30 per cent to £565 million last year. At the same time, the yield from tax investigations into personal tax returns rose by 38 per cent to £609 million.

A spokesman for the UHY Hacker Young, which carried out the research, said: “HMRC does not always get it right, but many taxpayers find it very hard to dispute a demand for extra tax, even though they may genuinely believe they have paid the right amount.

“Larger businesses may decide that paying up is easier than fighting their corner through a tribunal dispute. Individuals and small businesses in particular simply may not have the time, resources or know-how to challenge a bill.”

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