HMRC takes anti-evasion fight to Twitter
Eagle-eyed accountants at TaxAssist have spotted a novel new approach to tracking potential tax evaders, reports Dan Martin on our sister site BusinessZone.co.uk.
Yesterday afternoon (17 July), @TaxAssistUK tweeted a reponse from HMRC’s official Twitter feed @HMRCgovuk to an earlier post with a link inviting followers to find out more about “an interesting way to cheat on income tax”.
As Martin explained, “When HMRC first joined the social network, it was very much about broadcasting with no interaction with its followers. Over recent weeks that has changed and the government department is now getting involved in the conversation.”
The adaptation of Twitter to intelligence gathering is an interesting new application, but is a logical move given the role technology is already playing in the tax department’s strategy to close the tax gap.