VAT: Tax Evasion

Treasury written question – answered on 6th August 2019.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Digital)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many penalties they have issued to online traders based outside the EU for VAT fraud; and what was the total value of such penalties.

Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

The information requested is not held. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) record the total number and amount of penalties issued to sellers based overseas who operate on online marketplaces, but do not hold separate figures for EU and non-EU sellers.

Up to 29 July 2019, HMRC have issued VAT penalties to a total of 1,059 overseas sellers; the total penalty amount is £34,056,356.39.

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