Clegg tax war on the middle class: Families could face ‘lie detector tests’

  • Hardline policy will hit thousands of ordinary small business holders
  • Number of people targeted for tax checks to go from 5,000 to 150,000
  • Special investigators will target people hiding money offshore
  • Policies are a bid to placate angry members of Lib Dem grassroots 

Middle-class families could be forced to undergo lie detector tests as part of a major crackdown on tax avoidance being spearheaded by Nick Clegg.

Tens of thousands will face intrusive new tax investigations under the plans unveiled by the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday.

As part of a two-pronged attack on the better-off, millions more will face cuts in benefits, such as winter fuel payments, child benefit and free bus passes.

The moves, unveiled at the Liberal Democrat conference, were designed to guarantee Mr Clegg’s popularity with mutinous grassroots members, but were described by critics as ‘bully boy tactics’.

The crackdown will affect thousands of ordinary small business owners, whose enterprise is desperately needed to help pull Britain out of recession.

Today Mr Clegg will accuse middle class earners who pay accountants to minimise their tax bills of behaving like ‘benefit cheats’.

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