Government Claims that Unpaid Tax is at Record Lows

The Treasury has said that unpaid tax, which is defined as the gap between tax which is due and which is collected, has fallen to 6%. A spokesman for the Treasury said that the fall is due to a series of innovations to tackle both tax avoidance and tax evasion, with an investment of £800 million into HMRC’s compliance operations.

Mel Stride, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury said:

“Collecting the right tax is crucial to fund our vital public services. Today’s data shows how far we have come in tackling avoidance, evasion and non-compliance, but there is still more to do and we will continue to take action to ensure that everyone pays the tax they owe”.