Tech underpins HMRC tax gap drive

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New technology is spearheading HMRC’s efforts to improve transparency and close the tax gap, according to Treasury minister David Gauke.

In a speech to the Institute of Fiscal Studies last month, the exchequer secretary to the Treasury revealed how analysing vast amounts of data to segment taxpayers into different groups was helping the department to achieve its aims.

A high performing tax system needed to be supported by good systems to make collection, compliance, and enforcement easy so that taxpayers would believe it was being administered fairly and effectively, Gauke said. This would promote a “self-sustaining culture of complilance”.

The department applied behavioural economics to develop a more nuanced understanding of taxpayers, and had achieved up...

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