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Cost of Benefit Fraud v Tax Evasion in UK

Cost of Benefit Fraud v Tax Evasion in UK

Benefit fraud and tax avoidance are currently emotive topics. What is the extent of benefit fraud and tax fraud in the UK? Benefit Fraud For 2011/12 (preliminary), it is estimated that  2.0 per cent of total benefit expenditure  was overpaid due to fraud and error. In 2010/11 – benefit fraud was estimated at £3.4bn – 2.2% of total benefit expenditure (£154bn)  (Dept for Work and Pensions) It is also estimated that 0.9%, or £1.3bn, of total benefit expenditure was underpaid due to error. More specifically 4.4%, or £350m, of Income Support expenditure has been overpaid; 6.5%,…