Only 5 paragraphs into the introduction and already we see a blatant mistruth:
This report estimates that tax evasion might cost the UK £85 billion a year whilst tax
avoidance might impose a cost of £19 billion a year and tax not paid could result in a
loss of income of £18 billion a year.
Tax evasion, tax avoidance and tax unpaid don’t cost the UK anything at all.
They may well cost the government coffers of the UK that sum (subject to the usual disclaimers about the factual basis of the Murphmonster’s work) but they don’t cost the UK that sum at all. The money doesn’t disappear, it doesn’t cease to exist in fiery destruction, it just doesn’t move from the citizenry to the government.
You could, if you were extreme about it, argue that this £122 billion a year is actually what the UK saves from the depradations of the governing classes. If the people contributed less to the expenses of some feudal warlord then we would regard those people as having made a savings, not suffered a loss. That people working part time on minimum wage are taxed in order to pay Ed Miliband’s £139,000 a year salary starts to suggest such feudalism to me. But that is to be extreme.
Without being extreme we can still say, though, that there is no loss to the UK, the nation, the citizenry, as a result of tax evasion, tax avoidance or tax unpaid. So the entire concept Murph is straining for just doesn’t exist.