Tax Rebates & Refunds

HMRC sets up website to tackle tax avoidance

November 24, 2012
Posted in Income Tax — Written by Chris

In an effort to help people pay the correct amount of income tax and to cut the current levels of criminal tax avoidance, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has set up a brand new dedicated website.

The website, www.gov.uk/sortmytax, is not aimed at ordinary taxpayers needing help with tax returns and tax rebates. Instead, it is aimed at people who have deliberately avoided declaring some of their income in order to pay less tax, warning them that they will be caught and there will be consequences.

HMRC’s director general for enforcement and compliance, Jennie Granger, commented on the launch of the ‘Sort My Tax’ website, saying:

“Most people pay the right tax. Our campaign is aimed at those who don’t. Our message to the small percentage who don’t is a simple one: ‘The net is closing in.’”

”If you’ve declared all your income you’ve nothing to fear. And if you know someone who isn’t paying what they should, get in touch with HMRC. It isn’t fair that you pay what you should and they don’t.”

The setting up of the website is part of a dedicated government campaign to tackle tax avoidance. A total of £917 million has been allocated by the government for the campaign, but HMRC is hoping to recoup as much as £7 billion a year (by 2014/2015) by reducing tax evasion.

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