The amount of tax that went uncollected in 2009-10 was £35bn, down £4bn from the previous year, according to the latest estimate of the UK “tax gap” published by HMRC.
The total tax gap – the difference between the tax HMRC thinks should be collected and the amount actually collected – accounts for about eight per cent of total revenues. This figure is is at the “lower end of the range” of countries who publish their tax gaps, HMRC said.
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