HMRC

Channel 4 have announced a new, fly-on-the-wall documentary about HMRC, set to air in 2015.

The series will consist of three 60 minute episodes and follows HMRC inspectors and investigators in their pursuit to collect outstanding tax and catch evaders.

Documentary makers Tiger Aspect Productions spent a whole year with unique and unprecedented access to the government department, concentrating on “high-risk” operations.

A spokesperson for HMRC said:

“Last year HMRC collected over £460bn, received over 60 million phone calls, supported those who want to play by the rules and pursued the minority who don’t.

“This is only possible because of our dedicated workforce who serve virtually every person in the country. We think it’s time a TV audience has the opportunity to meet some of these people and get a sense of what goes on behind the scenes in running the UK tax system.”

The programme was commissioned on the back of HMRC receiving £1bn in government funding to launch a “war on tax dodgers”.

The production team hope to challenge the public’s perception of the taxman as suspicious and mistrustful. Series producer Lawrence Walford said:

“During the last year, I’ve realised there is much more to this job than meets the eye. There are some fascinating stories and unexpected characters which will make for a compelling documentary series.”