A high-profile clampdown on tax avoidance in the U.K. has led to record amounts being won in investigations by the taxman.
In the year to April, HM Revenue & Customs collected a record £23.9 billion ($40.3 billion) in unpaid tax, following investigations, a 15 percent jump on the previous year.
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This includes more than £8 billion from big businesses, £2.7 billion from courts tackling avoidance schemes, and £1 billion from criminals.
Celebrities like Gary Barlow, X Factor judge and singer with boy band Take That, have been ordered to repay millions after tax avoidance.
David Gauke, the U.K.'s exchequer secretary, said the results were a "clear signal" HMRC "will collect the taxes that are due."
The agency has taken on more external debt collectors to help harden its approach to debtors.