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Tax Avoidance

Treasury written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Peter Dowd Peter Dowd Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many FTE staff employed by HMRC are working on issues related to international tax avoidance in the most recent period for which figures are available.

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

HMRC’s work on tackling international tax avoidance and on issues related to overseas crown dependencies and territories takes place across a range of areas within HMRC; ranging from compliance activity, litigation through to policy making. The majority of tax compliance work relating to these areas takes place in its Customer Compliance Group. There are currently around 25,000 people working in HMRC tackling all forms of non-compliance in the tax system.

This flexible resource gives HMRC the capability to effectively tackle compliance risks. HMRC officers are a flexible resource and may work on a number of cases involving several different customer groups’ behaviours and risks at any one time.

As such it is not possible to say how many staff work solely on these two specific areas.

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