Rachel Clark explains everything you need to know about blowing the whistle, a practice that is on the rise.
There was a 10% increase in tax whistleblowing in 2019/20.
This may have been inspired by widespread furlough fraud: by 1 July 2020, 4,500 employees had blown the whistle on their own employers, and the revenue is already reviewing 27,000 ‘high risk’ cases where abuse or fraud is suspected.
Genuine, public-spirited whistleblowing can be a huge force for good. However, the UK regime is badly in need of reform. Further, tax whistleblowing can attract an ugly character – the malicious informant – who must be held in check.
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