LibDems want action on tax dodgers
Liberal Democrat shadow chancellor Matthew Taylor has called on the Treasury to 'pull its finger out' and crack down on VAT and other indirect tax dodgers to realise savings of £7bn.
Taylor was commenting on a National Audit Office report which found Customs could collect more by acting against VAT fraud.
He said: ‘These figures show that all of us are paying more tax for worse services than we would if only the government pulled its finger out and cracked down on the tax evaders.
‘These dodgers are profitable businesses and wealthy individuals avoiding their contribution to our schools and hospitals, leaving the rest of us worse off as a result.
‘The NAO report makes clear the government’s lack of action is a costly scandal.’