British tax offices "at melting point"
"HMRC has not been fit for purpose for a very long time. It's now at melting point. "
The latest edition of Private Eye cites one insider as describing the cuts (which will obviously produce savings that are vastly smaller than the revenues that will be lost as a result of the lower tax collection capacity), as akin to "a drowning man who decides to throw off his life jacket, because it weighs too much." The BBC then asked:
"How much money do you think is going uncollected as a result of this crisis in the tax office?
Answer: "There are varying amounts – by the department’s own admission it is at least 30-40 billion, and there is evidence, expecially in the Richard Murphy Tax Justice report, to suggest that the figure is much higher – up to 3-4 times that."
The cited tax gap work is here.