9am Lowdown: Tax gap, Brexit & HMRC

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Happy Friday! Here is your end of the week lowdown. Enjoy!

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HMRC chief Jon Thompson says the organisation will present a ‘reprioritisation’ plan to ministers next year, and plans to hire more staff as Brexit workload increases. (Civil Service World)

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MPs have criticised HMRC for failing to investigate Uber’s approach to VAT, as the ride-hailing company engages in a high-profile legal battle over its tax affairs. (Financial Times)

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Bed and breakfast owners and taxi drivers are the British workers most likely to underpay their taxes when filing self-assessments, a new IFS analysis shows. (The Guardian)

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Some of Britain's wealthiest individuals are facing investigation by HMRC over their use of a major offshore company. (The Telegraph)

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The 2015 to 2016 tax gap was 6% of total tax and duties due to HMRC (£34bn) – a fall from 6.1% in 2014 to 2015. (Gov.uk)

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