‘Tax gap’ is ‘no worse than other countries’ say HMRC chief. But the UK is NOT other countries

HMRC tax assurance commissioner Edward Troup should consider his future after claiming that his failure to collect £34 billion in unpaid taxes – and that’s a conservative figure! – is no worse than in other countries.

Doesn’t he know he lives in the United Kingdom? We used to set the standard to which other countries aspired, but not any more. You know why? Because the top jobs started going to people like Edward Troup!

The British and Northern Irish public expect better of their public officials. If Troup can’t deliver, he should make way for somebody who can.

The amount of tax going uncollected in the Britain is no worse than in other countries around the world, a senior official at the tax authority has said.

Edward Troup, HMRC’s tax assurance commissioner, told the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee that the £34 billion tax gap was broadly similar to that in other countries

The figure, which includes tax avoided and evaded, as well as unintentional errors made by the tax authority and taxpayers, represents 6.4 per cent of all tax collected.

Source: Britain’s £34bn uncollected ‘tax gap’ is no worse than other countries’, says HMRC tax head | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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  1. stephen brophy November 10, 2015 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Not to mention the tax not paid by George Osbornes family business which he still has shares!

  2. Tony Dean November 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    The man is “not fit for purpose,” he should be sacked or resign.

  3. Roy Beiley November 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    No doubt he is in line to trouser a big fat bonus payment as a reward for his achievement

  4. randombloke November 10, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    To be expected of a Simmons and Simmons solicitor (global law firm), of course watch the “other countries” sentiment come out every time the likes of dodgy pieces of work like this one need to put themselves up atop a pedestal when the goal posts are moved.

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