Jessica Fino 11 Aug 2017 01:04pm

HMRC to star in documentary on tax dodging

A new documentary about UK tax dodgers will air on Monday, showing for the first time HMRC’s work in tackling tax evasion and avoidance

After five years in the making, the TV programme will be broadcast on Monday at 10pm on Channel 4 and will show exclusive footage of the Revenue’s compliance work across the UK.

For the first time, HMRC has allowed the film crew unparalleled access to its work in tackling tax evasion and avoidance. The documentary will feature real life stories about people who are being pursued by HMRC. It will also show HMRC staff as they go about their daily work cracking down individuals and businesses who try not to pay the tax they owe.

Last year, HMRC generated a record compliance yield of £28.9bn as a result of its anti tax avoidance and evasion campaign. This is more than ever before and is the equivalent of around a quarter of the UK’s NHS budget, the Revenue said.

In January, the BBC aired a documentary featuring a small town in South Wales that set out to challenge HMRC by setting up a tax avoidance scheme said to emulate those used by a number of multinationals.

The town that took on the taxman featured a group of local businesses in the Welsh town of Crickhowell as they set up an offshore scheme in an attempt to highlight the flawed tax system.

A spokesperson for the BBC said the show averaged 1.6 million viewers and was the second most watched programme on BBC Two on the day it aired.