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HMRC video educates children about tax

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12th Nov 2014
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The Revenue made a foray into video a long time ago, with a series of educational videos on its YouTube hub. But its next audience target may be a surprise.

HMRC has made a video aimed at 14 to 17-year-olds, to educate them as to the importance of paying the right tax.

In the video, actors representing the tax department chase disguised tax evaders, dressed as ghosts. The ghosts, representing those who operate in the 'hidden economy' are then captured and jailed.

The video will be played to children as part of their compulsory citizenship lessons.

A spokesperson for HMRC said that tax facts will help young people, as future taxpayers, to prepare for the financial realities of life "and hold the tax system to account".

This is now part of the citizenship element of the National Curriculum.

"HMRC wants to help students to understand how tax is collected, so that they know what to expect when they start work. By understanding how tax is used, and the link with vital services, young people will learn to appreciate the importance of paying tax," they said.

The teaching modules educate children about PAYE and NICs. They are also taught about the tax responsibilities of a good citizen.

The video will be released in a few weeks' time.

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