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HMRC pays £2m to snitching taxpayers

27-11-2021

HMRC has paid out close to £2m to informants over the past five years and almost £400,000 in the last financial year alone. Now, with an estimated £6bn lost from support schemes rolled out during the pandemic, the tax authority is urging individuals with information about suspected tax fraudsters to come forward. HMRC does not reveal the nature of its sources, but Richard Morley of HW Fisher said information often came from former disgruntled employees who reported to their old bosses' dodgy dealings. “In other cases it is a former spouse grassing up an ex during a divorce proceeding, or is sometimes just a nosy neighbour who becomes suspicious of a new car appearing on the driveway each year even though the person seems to do no work,” he said.

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