UK businesses have been using a recently-established Tax Evasion Hotline to
shop each other to the tax authorities, in a bid to stop rivals from gaining ‘an
Callers to the hotline, unveiled by HM
Revenue & Customs in March, have risen from 40,000 in September to the
most up-to-date figure of 75,000, the department said in a new consultation
HMRC says this is a significant advance in its efforts to stamp out tax
evasion, and has hailed the Tax
Evasion Hotline a success.
HMRC attributed the surge to the fact that businesses are happy to cooperate
with the tax authority when their rivals are trying to gain ‘an unfair
The department said it wanted to encourage this type of communication with
taxpayers as part of its bid to deliver a ‘new relationship with business’.
The consultation also described HMRC designs to ease the burden on enterprise
over the next four years.
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