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Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour's Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, responding to HMRC's report on the tax gap, said:

"Ministers talk tough but they are simply not doing enough to clamp down on tax avoidance and at the same time are cutting taxes for millionaires.

"The percentage of tax not recovered may have dipped slightly, but the cash figure for the amount of uncollected tax has actually gone up by a billion pounds. In my book, the tax gap should go down under a crackdown, not up.

"Complacent Ministers should admit they have much more work to do to ensure everyone pays their fair share. But government cuts to HMRC that go too far and too fast, and mean 10,000 staff are being lost, risk being a false economy as the job of collecting tax becomes even harder."

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