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Revenue and Customs

Treasury written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful criminal prosecutions have been brought as a result of investigations by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2010-11; and which offences were prosecuted in that time.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

The number of prosecutions, convictions and acquittals resulting from HM Revenue and Customs investigations in each year since 2010-11 are as follows:

  Prosecutions Convictions Acquittals
2010-11 420 336 54
2011-12 545 413 36
2012-13 770 540 36

The total number of convictions and acquittals in any one year do not match the total number of prosecutions for that year as cases commencing in one year may not reach conclusion until the next. Figures for 2010-11 are based on data collated by the Crown Prosecution Service. Those for 2011-12 and onwards are based on HMRC's own data.

Offences prosecuted during the period 2010-11 to July 2013 were:

Act and section under which individual were charged
Act Section
Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 Section 170
Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 Section 68
Value Added Tax Act 1994 Section 72
Tax Credit Act 2002 Section 35
Fraud Act 2006 Section 1
Fraud Act 2006 Section 2
Fraud Act 2006 Section 6
Conspiracy to Cheat Revenue—Common Law
Cheating the Public Revenue—Common Law
Criminal Law Act 1977 Section 1
Taxes Management Act 1970 Section 106A
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Section 327
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Section 328
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Section 329
Money Laundering Regulations 2007 Section 45
Companies act 2006 Section 993
Tobacco Product Duties Act 1979
Theft Act 1968 Section 17
Finances Act 2000 Section 144
Social Security Administration Act 1992 Section 114
Criminal Justices Licensing Act ( Scotland ) 2010 Section 49
Commissioners of Revenue and Customs Act 2005 Section 32

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