In addition, the definition of tax avoidance is so narrow that much of what everyone agrees to be tax avoidance – like the widely condemned abuse by multinational companies – does not get into the tax gap definition that HMRC use, which is absurd.
What Snippa calls tax avoidance HMRC calls obeying the law. Which is going to lead to a certain difference in the sum totted up…..
But there is a dimension to this that makes the report this year even more absurd than usual. To keep the number in the required and seemingly pre-determined range (four years in a row with an almost identical number is utterly implausible)
Why? Most economic numbers are within a few percent of themselves each year. GDP, tax revenue, spending on the NHS etc. They’re broadly the same each year with a few percent of variance. Why should tax dodging be any different?