"An official investigation found large scale tax avoidance among senior bureaucrats, prompting the massive crackdown by Mr Alexander. In all, 2,000 senior public officials on more than £58,200 were found to be paid off payroll, which could minimise their tax bills, according to a leaked letter obtained by Exaro, the investigative website and the BBC's Newsnight programme. They are paid through service companies, or through employment agencies. The amount of tax legally avoided could run into tens of millions of pounds. In the letter, Mr Alexander said: The sheer scale of off-payroll engagements across government, and the length and size of these contracts, suggests that the scope for artificial tax minimisation may be greater than previously understood. Two thousand 'off payroll' senior civil servants forced to prove they are not tax dodgers - Telegraph Not by me, matey. Long been clear that these iffy contractual arrangements were rife. Excluding the NHS and Local Government, so the real figure will be a lot higher. Just wondering how many HMRC types will be shown to have been on these "arrangements".