PCS today commented on the release of the paradise papers and called for the HMRC office closure programme to be halted.
Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary commenting on the release of the 'paradise papers' - descibed by the BBC as a huge leak of financial documents that throw light on the top end of the world of offshore finance, said today:
“PCS has been arguing for many years that the issue of tax avoidance and evasion needs serious attention by government. These papers again highlight the scale of the problem.
"With a tax gap of £120 billion made up of avoided, evaded and uncollected tax demonstrating the tax justice crisis the government faces, it is staggering that HMRC staff numbers have halved in the past few years resulting in the loss of thousands of experienced tax inspectors across the country.
"One practical step the government could take is to immediately halt the HMRC office closure programme. To continue with these closures and the subsequent loss of more experienced staff would indicate they have no interest in tackling these vital issues. We urge the government to halt the closure programme immediately.”