Figures obtained from HMRC show the number of people seeking financial reward from HMRC for informing on suspected tax evaders has risen. More than 250 people per day are tipping off authorities about suspected tax dodging acquaintances such as ex-partners, former bosses and neighbours. 

A freedom of information request revealed HMRC paid out £402,160 as part of their rewards scheme last year, marking a 30% rise in such payments in three years. Every call to the tax evasion hotline is investigated, but only a small number of whistleblowers last year were understood to have received taxpayer money.

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