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Today: How should tax evasion be punished?

February 13th, 2015

Episode 137 of 1333 episodes

The Chartered Institute of Taxation policy director Patrick Stevens says: "HMRC's overriding objective is to bring in as much as money as possible for as least cost as possible, so that net-net, the Exchequer is better off and we've got more money to pay for schools and hospitals..." But former director of public prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer disagrees: "In my view criminal prosecution should be the default position for tax evasion..not civil penalties."

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