The National Audit Office (NAO) have published 'Managing tax compliance following the pandemic'.  This report considers how well-placed HMRC is to manage its compliance work, its understanding of its compliance performance and whether it has a clear vision to manage the risks post-COVID.

The report concludes that:

  • COVID-19 had a significant impact on HMRC’s compliance work.
  • HMRC focussed on key priorities which reduced capacity for tax compliance activity.
  • Compliance yield reduced significantly during the pandemic.
  • The tax gap could grow as there is a risk that non-compliant taxpayers will pay the wrong amount of tax.
  • Action is needed over the next two years to manage such losses.
  • HMRC’s compliance work offers good value for taxpayer money.
  • Particular areas for improvement include:
    • Making its compliance yield measurement more robust.
    • Adjusting for errors included in calculating estimates.
    • Better understanding of how Tax Compliance Enquiries can lead to the wrong amount of tax being paid.

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