Chair's statement on tackling tax fraud
17 December 2015
A statement from Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts:
A staggering £16 billion is still lost to tax fraud every year.
HMRC clearly needs to think harder about how it tackles tax evasion, the hidden economy and criminal attacks. The Committee will be examining HMRC's work in this area throughout this Parliament.
Time and time again we hear that government departments don't have the data or information that they need to plan or evaluate their activities properly, despite them being responsible for setting up these projects or programmes in the first place. HMRC is no different in this respect. HMRC needs to use the powers and sanctions it has to make a public example of those who break the rules.