HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is recruiting 100 more inspectors to help expand its investigations department.

The increased staff numbers reflects HMRC’s more aggressive stance in recent years in dealing with wealthy tax avoiders. New employees in the Affluent Compliance Team be looking into the tax affairs of people earning more than £150,000 and with a wealth between £2.5 million and £20 million.

Costs are hoped to be recouped in tax receipts in the coming months. In a statement, exchequer Secretary David Gauke said: ‘the vast majority of people pay their way. Dodging tax is immoral, illegal and unaffordable and the minority who cheat are increasingly finding that, thanks to the work of the Affluent Team, they have made a big mistake.’

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