I notice today from my hospital bed that HMRC have published their neoliberally misrepresentative “Measuring (dishonestly) Tax Gaps” (not sic).
Of course, this document is a pure work of pure fiction and cannot be relied upon. My own tax gap calculations are proof of that. But even within HMRC’s delusional fantasy world they are woefully inconsistent and dishonest.
Having only read this document this morning, it is glaringly obvious to me that they have changed their estimates of the tax gap for previous years. This won’t be obvious to you dear reader because HMRC fail to mention this fact on no fewer than 100 occasions within the document.
But the worst thing is that HMRC fail to mention clearly, not once, but on multiple instances on no fewer than 30 separate pages of an 80 page document that they have revised prior years’ figures.
This is tantamount to lying and you might call it lying if you like because it is lying. I defy anybody to read the document and spot on pages 3, 6, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 36, 39, 41, 42, 43, 54, 55, 63, 64, 66, 68, 69, 77 and 78 where HMRC mentions that prior year tax gap estimates have been revised.
Of particular moral failure are pages 18 to 22 where it is nigh on impossible to miss a single sentence in which HMRC have failed to mention that they have changed their previous years’ tax gap estimates in line with improved data and methodologies!
And look at pages 10 and 16. They do not state unambigouously that they will revise the estimates for 2011/12 and 2012/13 because they are currently projections! They are not openly telling us that not only are they lying to us now, they will lie to us all again in the future!
Candidly, that is simply not good enough from an authority where honesty, transparency and consistency are the required standards for conduct.In fact, I will go so far as to tell you to call them liars.