An Oxfordshire barrister has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to a £274,000 tax fraud.
The UK’s tax gap in 2012/13 was 6.8% of tax liabilities or £34bn, according to HMRC’s latest estimate.
HMRC "taskforces" to tackle black spots of evasion in the UK economy have become ubiquitous since 2010, but some tax experts question their value.
A former Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) president and a fellow company director who were jailed for pension scheme tax fraud in 2013 have been ordered to pay back a total of £5.1m.
An Irish accountant received an 18-month jail sentence, with the final 12 months suspended, for charges including fraudulent evasion of tax and failing to lodge VAT returns.
A bookkeeper who admitted falsifying PAYE tax returns has been jailed for 15 months.
Earlier this week the union representing most HMRC staff claimed that tax evasion is costing more than £80bn a year, an estimate dismissed by HMRC.
HMRC has launched five VAT taskforces in the Midlands as part of an initiative to bring in over £100m in the current tax year.
A new estimate of the UK’s tax gap is “flawed and muddled”, according to HMRC.
Tax reliefs are a necessary part of any tax system and play a significant role in defining the scope of tax, HM Treasury has said in response to the Public Accounts Committee’s finding in June that