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Tax Evasion

Treasury written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

HMRC does not hesitate to pursue a prosecution; however, cost-effective civil settlement procedures are used in the majority of evasion cases. This represents excellent value for the Exchequer, as all undeclared tax is repaid and they also pay a penalty which can be up to 100% of the tax evaded. Every year HMRC collects millions of pounds of evaded tax using these well-established methods.

A disaggregated breakdown of HMRC's interventions between individuals and organisations is available only at a disproportionate cost.

Details of the number of cases prosecuted for income tax, corporation tax, VAT and excise evasion are:

1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011: 385

1 April 2011 to 31 August 2011: 123.

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scott pattinson
Posted on 18 Oct 2011 1:34 pm (Report this annotation)

how many of these cases have involved vodafone and other corporate offenders?