HMRC reveals £150m loss to landfill tax evasion

The misclassification and under-declaration of waste have driven an increasing amount of landfill tax to be lost to the public purse

At £150m, the landfill tax gap represents 12% of the amount of landfill tax that should have been paid. Photograph: jaggat / 123RFThere was a £150m shortfall in the amount of landfill tax the government should have collected in 2014, according to HMRC.

In this year’s annual tax gap report, published on 20 October, HMRC has for the first time included its calculations for landfill alongside VAT, excise, income and corporation tax.

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