Tax Evasion

HM Treasury written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the contribution of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 13 April 2016, Official Report, column 374, how many (a) cases of offshore tax evasion were investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and (b) individuals were subject to criminal investigation for offshore tax evasion by HMRC in each year since 2009-10.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) undertakes a broad range of civil compliance activity to tackle offshore tax evasion. No definitive year by year assessment of the total number of HMRC investigations applying civil sanctions is recorded. Over 1,100 cases of offshore evasion are currently under investigation, with more than 90 individuals currently being investigated for offshore offences.

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