UK missing VAT is now £133 billion

This is the new figure released by HMRC which has increased from the previous £12 billion from 2016/2017 to £13.3 billion 2017/2018.

Last year the UK collected £125 Billion in VAT which is accountable for 20% of all tax revenues.

The gap in VAT is measured by the difference of expected revenues from the sales of goods, plus services against the actual payments made to HMRC. It’s a combination of insolvencies, Fraud, administrative errors, bankruptcies and legal tax optimisation.

HMRC have attributed £3.5 billion of the VAT gap to avoidable taxpayer mistakes in their VAT returns.

Once the plans for digital filings commencing April 2019 (Making Tax Digital) should take £0.5 billion off the VAT gap by removing some basic manual errors. Potential extensions for VAT data required in 2020 could help take this number down more.

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