Tax Evasion

Treasury written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was lost to the Exchequer as a result of tax evasion in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

HMRC has only produced an illustrative breakdown of the tax gap by behaviour for 2007-08 and 2009-10.

The most recent tax gap estimates were published in September 2011 in ‘Measuring Tax Gaps 2011’, which can be found at the following link:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/measuring-tax-gaps.htm

In ‘Measuring Tax Gaps 2011’ HMRC estimated that evasion accounted for around £4 billion (12%) of the 2009-10 total tax gap.

The HMRC publication ‘Protecting Tax Revenues 2009’:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100330144254/http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/pbr2009/protect-tax-revenue-5450.pdf estimated that evasion accounted for around £7 billion (17.5%) of the 2007-08 total tax gap.

HMRC will publish the 2010-11 illustrative breakdown of the tax gap by behaviour in ‘Measuring Tax Gaps 2012’ in October 2012.

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