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:
- Call people who owe tax
- Knock on people’s doors to collect money owing
- Investigate accounts and ask questions of those who might be tax evading
- Challenge tax avoiders about their activities.
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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