HM Revenue and Customs: Compliance and Enforcement Programme
HC 1892, Eighty-seventh Report of Session 2010-12 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Committee of Public Accounts
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Compliance and Enforcement Programme brought in £4.32 billion of tax revenue over the five years to 2010-11 and is expected to generate a further £8.87 billion by 2014-15; however, according to the report 'HM Revenue and Customs: Compliance and Enforcement Programme (HC 1892)' having shed more than 3,300 staff, the Department actually lost £1.1 billion in potential tax revenue: about £10 in tax lost for every £1 in running costs saved.
The Committee is not confident that the Department is sufficiently clear about the marginal rate of return it could achieve from different levels of spending. In this Spending Review period £917 million has been allocated to further activities to tackle tax evasion and avoidance, and to collect more debt. This investment is more than double the money spent on the Programme over the last five years, and is expected to generate an additional £7 billion a year by 2014-15.
HM Revenue and Customs estimate that the tax gap - the difference between taxes due and the amount actually collected - stood at £35 billion (7.9% of tax due) in 2009-10, although other estimates suggest the figure is much greater. It is essential that the Department learns and applies lessons learnt.
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