The taxman gets tough

Are you paying all the tax you legally should? Check – because if you don’t, someone else will. Earlier this year we heard about HMRC’s Connect supercomputer, which draws on a vast range of corporate and state sources (social media, credit-card transactions, land registry transaction data) to figure out how much you should be paying and compare it with how much you actually do.

Meanwhile, staffing in the tax office’s Affluent Unit – which investigates the tax affairs of UK residents with an annual income of over £150,000, or a net worth of £1m – [...]