Taxation: Fraud

Attorney-General written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Attorney-General for each of the past three calendar years, how many confiscation orders imposed in relation to CPS tax fraud prosecutions were for (a) £0-£1,000, (b) £1,001-£5,000, (c) £5,001-£10,000, (d) £10,001-£20,000, (e) £20,001-£50,000, (f) £50,001-£100,000, (g) £100,001-£500,000, (h) £500,001-£1 million, (i) £1 million-£5 million and (j) more than £5 million.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Solicitor-General

The following table shows the number of confiscation orders obtained for cases categorised as tax and benefit fraud or VAT fraud based on the original amount of the confiscation order.

  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
£0 to £1,000 41 70 38
£1,001 to £5,000 23 35 18
£5,001 to £10,000 22 40 19
£10,001 to £20,000 63 116 75
£20,001 to £50,000 60 172 108
£50,001 to £100,000 22 50 38
£100,001 to £500,000 11 55 44
£500,001 to £1,000,000 4 8 7
£1,000,001 to £5,000,000 3 9 3
> £5,000,000 4 2 2
Total 253 557 352
Note: These figures will include confiscation orders for benefit frauds in addition to tax cases. It is not possible to filter these cases out.

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