HMRC accused of missing its target "by a mile" during crackdown on tax fraud and error

HMRC accused of missing its target 'by a mile' in attempted crackdown on tax credit fraud and error 2.27billion lost in 2010/11 due to tax credit fraud and error despite efforts to curb lossesTax bosses had hoped to reduce losses by 1.4billion But they only cut 500million as a fifth of cases resulted in overpayment Margaret Hodge said that senior officials needed to 'get a grip' and resolve 'deeply worrying' issues By Mario Ledwith PUBLISHED: 01:36 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 14 February 2013 A HMRC crackdown on tax credit fraud and error missed its target 'by a mile', as tax bosses failed to stop losses of more than 850 million. Despite instigating a plan to tackle inefficiencies, error was still rife in the taxation system throughout 2010/11 as 2.27 billion was lost. Watchdogs criticised the failed approach, demanding that tax bosses 'get a grip' and saying that the money could have been spent on 'schools and hospitals'.

Middle class tax crackdown as prosecutors vow to take FIVE times more evaders to court

Middle class tax crackdown as prosecutors vow to take FIVE times more evaders to court Chief prosecutor Keir Starmer is aiming for a fivefold increase in tax evasion cases that go to court He will warn tax evasion is not a 'victimless crime' and costs every family 769-a-yearHM Revenue and Customs steps up investigations into global firmsLabour warns against taking eye of global firms costing Treasury billions By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 12:25 GMT, 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:42 GMT, 22 January 2013 Middle earners who dodge tax will be targeted in a major crackdown by the Crown Prosecution Service. In a hard-hitting speech tonight, the Director of Public Prosecutions will condemn those who fail to pay their dues – from lawyers to plumbers.

Ofcom boosts efforts to trace nuisance callers as study finds numbers have DOUBLED in a year

Ofcom boosts efforts to trace nuisance callers as study finds numbers have DOUBLED in a year Three quarters of landline owners received an unwelcome marketing call in the past year – up from one in four the year before, according to telecommunications watchdog Ofcom. At the same time, almost three in four received some form of hard-sell cold call from salesmen pushing everything from compensation for accidents that never happened to home broadband. Fury: Nearly half of us have reported receiving a marketing call in the past year (file photo) Silent calls are caused by call centre computers which randomly dial thousands of numbers and should have a salesman ready to talk to anyone who picks up.

Big business makes more money but pays less tax as small firms are hit harder

Big business makes more money but pays less tax as small firms are hit harderCorporation tax payments by UK's largest firms have fallen by more than a fifth since 2000A report warned cash payments could cost families over 200 each yearInvestigation found profits of big businesses have risen by 65% to 329bn | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 28 December 2012 Strong criticism: Lord Oakeshott slammed the 'culture of collusion' between large companies and HMRC The full extent of tax avoidance by big business was laid bare yesterday on a ‘black day’ for taxpayers. Despite soaring profits, corporation tax payments by the UK’s largest firms have fallen by more than a fifth since 2000

Details of children taken to A&E to be sent to national database in government bid to crackdown on child abuse

Details of children taken to A&E department to be sent to national database in government bid to crackdown on child abuse Every emergency visit to hospital will be linked up by NHS computer systemSame system will apply to out-of-hours GP consultationUnder proposals even minor injuries suffered will be loggedConsultant: 'Some parents or carers make it difficult to join all the dots' | UPDATED: 09:42 GMT, 27 December 2012 Details of all children taken to accident and emergency departments are to be run through a national database in order to crackdown on child abuse, ministers say. Every emergency visit to hospital or out-of-hours GP consultation will be linked up by an NHS computer system under plans to help doctors expose cruelty and neglect. Under the proposals, even minor injuries suffered by children will be logged.

Army doctor struck off over death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa who was beaten by soldiers in 2003

Army doctor struck off over death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa after failed resuscitation when he was severely beaten by soldiers Dr Keilloh supervised failed resuscitation attempt to save life of Baha MousaHe showed 'repeated dishonesty' in claiming not to have seen injuries | UPDATED: 22:30 GMT, 21 December 2012 Dr Derek Keilloh was struck off the medical register today over the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa The career of a GP was in ruins today after he was struck off for failing to report details of an appalling war crime while working as a young Army medic in Iraq. Dr Derek Keilloh was said to have done everything possible to revive Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa, who had suffered fatal injuries at the hands of British soldiers. But the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service ruled that he should have blown the whistle to senior officers about what went on.

Lloyds TSB bans staff from selling bank accounts with monthly fees "after fears they were mis-sold"

Lloyds TSB bans staff from selling bank accounts with monthly fees 'after fears they were mis-sold to customers' | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 20 December 2012 Britain’s biggest bank Lloyds TSB is to stop providing lucrative paid-for current accounts following a crackdown by the City watchdog. Branch managers were told yesterday they would have to temporarily pull the plug on sales of packaged accounts which cost up to customers 300 a year. These deals are a rich source of profit for banks

Business Minister Michael Fallon will set out measures to prevent regulators from stifling small business

Bonfire of red tape to liberate small firms in fresh crackdown on council and quango jobsworthsSmall business regulators warned they face a 'bonfire of excessive red tape'Move ordered by Business Minister Michael Fallon Dramatic overhaul of guidelines planned for 'men with clipboards'George Osborne set out 'package of measures' to tackle regulation last week | UPDATED: 01:28 GMT, 15 December 2012 Easing the burden: Business Minister Michael Fallon will set out measures aimed at preventing regulators from burdening small businesses Council and quango jobsworths who regulate small businesses face a ‘bonfire of excessive red tape’ in a fresh crackdown on their box-ticking culture. Ministers want to prevent regulators from needlessly burdening businesses and stifling economic growth

32 billion reasons to nail the tax-dodgers Google, Amazon, and Starbucks

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: 32 billion reasons to nail the tax-dodgers | UPDATED: 09:44 GMT, 3 December 2012 At a time when hard-pressed families struggle desperately against soaring petrol, food and energy bills, the cynical avoidance by major corporations and the super-rich of an estimated 32billion in tax is nothing short of immoral.

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: 32 billion reasons to nail the tax-dodgers

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: 32 billion reasons to nail the tax-dodgers | UPDATED: 23:22 GMT, 2 December 2012 At a time when hard-pressed families struggle desperately against soaring petrol, food and energy bills, the cynical avoidance by major corporations and the super-rich of an estimated 32billion in tax is nothing short of immoral.