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Tax Evasion

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to reduce levels of tax evasion; and if he will make a statement. (250437)

The Government are committed to ensuring that everyone pays their fair share of tax and combating tax evasion is important to deliver that commitment.

A number of steps have been taken to enhance HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) approach to tackling evasion including improvements in HMRC's capability to identify evasion, stronger operational practices to tackle that evasion more quickly and effectively, and a new penalty regime to help deter evasion.