Business: Taxation

Treasury written question – answered on 11th January 2019.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2018 to Question 201211 on Business: Taxation, how many investigations into UK businesses HMRC has conducted since 2016-17.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

During 2016-17 HMRC opened around 575,000 civil enquiry interventions and around 1,000 criminal investigations into both individuals and businesses.

During 2017-18 HMRC opened around 485,000 civil enquiry interventions and around 1,000 criminal investigations into both individuals and businesses.

HMRC’s management information shows the total number of civil interventions and criminal investigations conducted for both individuals and businesses. It is not possible to extrapolate the level of information requested and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

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