Gosport MP seeks to ensure fair tax system

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THE MP for Gosport has called upon the government to take strong action to tackle aggressive tax avoidance.

Under the previous Labour government the gulf between the richest and poorest increased.

Caroline Dinenage raised the issue during Questions to the Chancellor yesterday.

She said: ‘My constituents in Gosport don’t mind paying tax as long as everyone pays their fair share. Since the tax gap widened under the previous government, will he confirm that this government is committed to tackling all forms of aggressive tax avoidance and tax evasion?’

In response the Chancellor said: ‘The tax gap rose to £39 billion under the previous Labour government.

‘This coalition government has dramatically increased the pressure on those who avoid and evade their taxes. As a result of our compliance and enforcement efforts tax revenues are £3 billion higher than when we came to office.’

Caroline welcomed the news that HMRC have raised £500 million in extra tax from high-net-worth individuals.