Tax Avoidance: South Yorkshire

Treasury written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the annual cost of tax avoidance on South Yorkshire’s economy and services.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Tax avoidance contributes to the overall tax gap estimates HMRC publish. However, HMRC do not make regional estimates of the tax gap related to tax avoidance.

As part of the 2020 Measuring the Tax Gap publication, HMRC estimated that £1.7bn of tax liability was unpaid due to tax avoidance in the 2018-19 financial year, reduced from £3.7bn in 2005-06.

HMRC are committed to bearing down on tax avoidance wherever it occurs.

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